Sophie Wessex’s Maternal Heartbreak And Triumph
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, is thought to be taking a larger role in the monarchy now that several senior royals have stepped down. She has not exactly been front and center as of late, but there is a key event from the past which shows that she has the fortitude and character to represent the royals in a positive manner.
There was an occasion that her husband, Prince Edward, was away at a crucial time for both Sophie and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor. At that time Edward was away on a royal engagement in Mauritius.
Edward missed the birth of his daughter Lady Louise Windsor
It was 2003 and baby Louise was born premature which is why Edward was not at home. Sophie had an ectopic pregnancy and had to have a cesarean section. Because of placental abruption, both mother and child suffered severe blood loss.
Louise weighed only 4lbs 9oz and was taken to a neonatal ward in a different hospital, and all the while Edward was not able to comfort or support Sophie in person.
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Everything turned out just fine in the end and when Louise was discharged, Edward was back home and the trio was able to leave the hospital and go home as a family.
Young Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor is named after several female ancestors including Louise of Hesse, Prince Philip’s mother Princess Alice, Queen Elizabeth II herself, and Sophie’s mother Mary Rhys-Jones. The one thing Louise does not have is a royal princess title.
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Louise was born with esotropia, a condition that turns the eyes outward. Sophie thinks this may have been due to her being born prematurely.
As a result, Louise had difficulty with her sight and had an operation before the age of two which sadly was not unsuccessful.
Luckily in 2014, she underwent another procedure that was successful, and her vision is now 20/20.
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Sophie told The Sunday Express in 2014 that preemies, “can often have squints because the eyes are the last thing in the baby package to really be finalized. “Her squint was quite profound when she was tiny and it takes time to correct. You’ve got to make sure one eye doesn’t become more dominant than the other, but she’s fine now – her eyesight is perfect.”