Sophie, Countess of Wessex is considered a working royal. She carries out duties on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II and was recently seen at the Royal Ascot.

But unlike Kate Middleton, Sophie did not receive the title of a duchess after she tied the knot with Prince Edward. It has now been revealed that her husband is the reason why this happened.

After the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest son tied the knot, Prince Edward requested to take on the title of the Earl of Wessex. And since Sophie is married to the Earl of Wessex, she was bestowed with the title of Countess of Wessex.

The decision also meant that the royal couple’s children will also miss out on their HRH status. A statement from Buckingham Palace confirmed that Prince Edward and Sophie’s children will also be referred to as the kids of the Earl of Wessex and not as the grandchildren of the monarch.

And the only way for Prince Edward and Sophie’s children to be called prince and princess is if the Queen would issue a letter patent. But as of late, this still hasn’t happened. The royal couple’s children are referred to as Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Even though Sophie is not called a duchess unlike the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, she still plays a crucial role in the royal family. She also became the first-ever member of the British clan to travel to Lebanon for an official engagement.

Sophie also has a close relationship with her mother-in-law. It has been said that Sophie is also the Queen’s favorite daughter-in-law.

“She is trusted and relied on by the Queen in a way I couldn’t say applied to the Duchess of Cambridge or the Duchess of Cornwall,” a royal aide told Daily Mail. “She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close. She talks to Sophie in the way she used to talk to Princess Margaret. Sophie has filled a terrible gap in the Queen’s life that was left when her sister and the Queen Mother died in 2002,” the source added.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, ride a carriage on the day of their wedding. Getty Images/Tim Graham