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  • Queen Elizabeth II vetoed her favorite royal’s request
  • Queen Elizabeth II attended church with Sophie, Countess of Wessex
  • Queen Elizabeth II loves these things about Sophie

Queen Elizabeth II snubbed the special request of her favorite royal.

Many believed that the monarch’s favorite is Sophie, Countess of Wessex. The Queen has been spotted several times sharing a ride with Prince Edward’s wife whenever she attends the Sunday service. However, there was something Sophie and her husband asked that the Queen vetoed.

According to royal author Katie Nicholl, Sophie wanted to use a more elevated title of “princess” when she joined the royal family. However, Her Majesty would “not allow” it.

“The Countess of Wessex had wanted to be known as Princess Sophie, but the Queen would not allow it,” Nicholl wrote for Vanity Fair in 2011.

The Queen reportedly rejected the idea because it would be an incorrect usage of the title. Technically, only women who are born in the royal family are entitled to be called “princess” like Princess Anne, Princess Charlotte, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

Sophie could only use the title in relation to her husband as Prince Edward of Wessex. Nicholl added that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also wanted the same for Kate Middleton after their marriage. 

Prince Harry and Prince William’s mom was popularly known as Princess Diana, but the title was bestowed to her by the public. It was not her correct title. The late Princess of Wales was more properly known as HRH Diana, Princess of Wales until her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles when she was stripped off of her royal title.

According to royal experts, Queen Elizabeth II likes Sophie for the way she manages her husband, Prince Edward. The Queen sees Sophie’s dedication to her husband and she loves it because the monarch is aware that her son is a “tricky creature.”

Queen Elizabeth II and Sophie were spotted attending church together when Prince Philip was admitted to the hospital in December. They were seen arriving at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham along with Prince Edward and the Wessex’s children Lady Louis Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.

Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on Nov. 30, 2017, in Chichester, United Kingdom. Photo: Getty Images/Stuart C. Wilson