Sophie Wessex emotional over mother’s death: ‘She hasn’t seen my children grow up’

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After she lost her mother Mary Rhys-Jones back in 2005, Sophie Wessex has opened up about the heartache over her not being able to see her grandchildren grow up.

The Royal family member, who shared a rare glimpse into her home, lost her mum when she passed away in August 2001 at the age of 71.

During an appearance at the National Federation of Women's Institutes annueal meeting, the 56 year old shared her grief over losing her loved one.

The Countess of Wessex expressed: "To this day, I miss her very much and there are moments where I hear some music she loved or I do something I know she'd have wanted to hear about, which makes her early departure very hard.


"She has missed out on so much, and I'm particularly sad that she hasn't seen my children grow up or seen how my work has grown and developed."

Sophie's mother Mary worked as a part-time secretary and spent her time involved in charity work.

She married Sophie's father Christopher Rhys Jones and the couple had two children together.

The pair welcomed their son David in 1963 and Sophie was born two years later in 1965.

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Sophie's emotional declaration comes after she revealed she had a "lengthy chat" with Prince Harry at Prince Philip's funeral.

The mum-of-two said the Royals are "still a family no matter what happens", after Harry's explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

It was previously reported that Sophie "barely acknowledged" the Duke of Sussex, 36, at the funeral in April but she put an end to those rumours.

She explained that was not the case in the slightest and two actually had a "lengthy chat" at the ceremony.

She told The Telegraph: "We are still a family no matter what happens, we always will be.

When quizzed about Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Edward smiled and said: "Oprah who?"

While Sophie added: "Yes, what interview."

The couple have taken a more prominent role in the Royal Family since Prince Harry and Meghan, 39, stepped down from their roles as senior working Royals.

Speaking of their new-found prominence in the Royal Family, Sophie said: "We've plodded along doing what we're doing, hopefully doing it well. And then all of a sudden there's a bit of a hiatus and things have changed a bit."

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