- Occupation : Royal Highness
- Real name: Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones
- Sign : Aquarius
- Date of birth: Wednesday, January 20, 1965 (age: 55)
- Country : England
Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones was born on January 20, 1965 in Oxford, England. Daughter of a sales manager in a tire import-export company and a secretary, she has an older brother, David. She spent her childhood in a small village in Kent, in Brenchley. She attended Kent College School for girls and then West Kent College. Very athletic, she played field hockey and swam during her youth. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in secretarial work and worked as a waitress at the pub in her village to gain her independence.
At the age of 18, the young girl left her native region and moved to London with a friend. She turned to public relations and began her career as a secretary in the press department of Capital radio, a London radio station. She worked there for a few years. She then worked for several months in Switzerland, in Crans-Montana, to look after a chalet in the Swiss ski resort. Then, the young woman flies to Australia and spends a sabbatical year there. Back in London, Sophie Rhys-Jones is hired by MacLaurin Communication and Medias, a public relations agency. In 1996, with her partner Murray Harkin, Sophie Rhys-Jones decided to found her own PR agency, RJH Public Relations.
In the summer of 1993, Sophie Rhys-Jones met Prince Edward of England, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth of England and Prince Philip, during a charity tennis tournament. Their engagement was announced six years later, on January 6, 1999 by Buckingham Palace. On June 19, 1999, their wedding was celebrated in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. On this occasion, the couple received the title of Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Queen gave them the property of Baghshot Park in Surrey as a wedding gift, which became the couple’s main residence.
After her marriage, Sophie de Wessex chooses to resume her professional activities within her communication company. But in 2001, she is trapped by a journalist from the News of the World who pretends to be a potential client. During the meeting, she makes disparaging remarks towards the English political class. The scandal will lead the Countess of Wessex to leave her company and to cease all other professional activities. From then on, the Countess of Wessex will devote herself to the Crown and carry out many official activities. She sponsors about sixty associations, such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. In 2015, on the occasion of a speech delivered on World Sight Day, the Countess thus evoked the strabismus of her daughter Lady Louise, which was successfully operated on in 2013.
The couple has two children: Louise Mounbatten-Windsor, born November 8, 2003, and James Mounbatten-Windsor, born December 17, 2007.