The Countess of Wessex cut a casual figure as she continued her volunteering efforts by packing food parcels for healthcare staff on Tuesday – just days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s Oprah Winfrey interview caused shockwaves across the globe.
Sophie Wessex, 56, opted for a short padded khaki jacket and blue jeans as she was pictured volunteering with Nourish Our Nurses, which works to deliver nourishing, healthy food to Surrey’s NHS staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A series of snaps were posted on the Nourish Our Nurses Twitter page, alongside a caption which read: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome back HRH The Countess of Wessex on Tuesday to help volunteer with Nourish Our Nurses.
‘The Countess once again helped our cause, lifting and packing with our other volunteers.’
It marks Sophie’s first engagement since the bombshell interview, where Meghan claimed that an unnamed royal – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – raised concerns about Archie being ‘too brown.’
There has been much speculation about which member of the royal family they were accusing of racism. But during the interview the couple would not be drawn on who had deeply offended them.
The Countess of Wessex (pictured), 56, cut a casual figure as she continued her volunteering efforts by packing food parcels for healthcare staff onTuesday
The Countess, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, could be seen wearing gloves as she carried large cardboard boxes filled with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Meghan also made allegations that she felt suicidal and turned to the palace for help.
But living up to her stoic reputation, the Countess quietly returned to work and could be seen wearing gloves as she carried large cardboard boxes filled with fresh fruit and vegetables.
The royal, who wore her blonde hair loose and tucked behind her ears, donned a cable knit beige jumper and floral patterned face mask.
Completing the laidback look, Sophie, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, added a pair of black comfy boots and a subtle, dainty necklace.
Nourish our Nurses was founded by Jo-Ann Airikkala, who was inspired to start the scheme after learning of a friend’s experience as a nurse in Edinburgh.
Nourish Our Nurses shared a series of snaps alongside a caption which read: ‘It was a pleasure to welcome back HRH The Countess of Wessex on Tuesday to help volunteer with Nourish Our Nurses’ (pictured)
The royal, who wore her blonde hair loose and tucked behind her ears, donned a cable knit beige jumper and floral patterned face mask. Pictured, with the volunteers
During the bombshell interview, Harry accused an unnamed member of his family of racism and said the lack of support he and his wife received from the other royals was behind their decision to quit the UK
‘Seeing the panic buying and empty supermarket shelves really got me thinking about our frontline NHS heroes,’ Ms Airikkala previously said.
‘Those working flat out to care for patients deserve to be looked after and provided with the ingredients for a healthy, hearty meal.’
Yesterday, an impassioned Prince William publicly hit back against Harry and Meghan’s racism claims, insisting, ‘We’re very much not a racist family’.
The Duke of Cambridge was the first royal to personally respond to the allegation during his first royal engagement since the Oprah interview, as he also revealed that he has not spoken to his brother since it came out, but added that he ‘will do’.
It was also the first engagement for Kate since she was accused by Meghan of making her cry in the bombshell tell-all chat. Previously, it was believed it was Meghan who had made Kate cry during a row over bridesmaids’ dresses.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan also revealed details about their strained relationship, saying of pictures of them laughing at Wimbledon, ‘Nothing is what it looks like’, and said Kate being called ‘waity Katie’ in the press couldn’t compare to the alleged racism she faced.
Meanwhile, Harry revealed how he was ‘on different paths’ to William and spoke about his brother was ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family.
The Queen broke her silence on the interview on Tuesday, voicing her ‘concern’ over the issues raised, ‘particularly that of race’, although the statement added that ‘some recollections may vary’.