Sophie Countess of Wessex ‘confident’ as she shares surprising anecdote about the Queen

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joined the Royal Family when she married the Queen’s son, Prince Edward, 56. Although royals often stay quiet on their lives, Sophie opened up to share a personal story about the Queen. While telling this story, a voice expert explained how the royal “asserted herself” and showed her “confident” side.

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Sophie and Prince Edward have two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

The royals are the grandchildren of the Queen and live near the monarch in Windsor.

They are not often spotted out in public, which could be down to their young age.

During a rare TV interview, Sophie shared a story about her life in the Royal Family.

Speaking to Sky News in 2016, Sophie and Prince Edward opened up about their children’s perception of the Queen.

The Countess revealed their daughter didn’t realise who the Queen was until she started school.

Sophie explained: “I mean Louise had no concept really that the Queen and her grandmother were one and the same person.

“It wasn’t until she was at school that other children were mentioning it and saying, ‘Your gran is the Queen’.

“And she’d come home and say, ‘Mummy they say that Grandmama is the Queen.’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘I don’t understand what they mean.’”

While sharing the story of her daughter, Sophie’s voice gave an insight to her own role in the family.

Analysing the interview, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, James Bryce explained the royal showed her confidence.

He told Express.co.uk: “Relaxed, yet composed and alert she makes her points efficiently, and with natural confidence.

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“She asserts herself; she reads her co-speakers well and works out where her most impactful contribution could be.”

At the time, Sophie was being interviewed alongside her husband, Prince Edward.

Although he has been in the limelight for his entire life, the expert explained Sophie was the one that appeared confident and relaxed.

The royal considered what she said before speaking up and was happy to assert herself.

James added: “She is unscripted, unrehearsed yet sufficiently planned in her mind, before she starts to speak.

“She engages with stories, and offers personal examples so that you can empathise with her.

“Her posture is relaxed, yet confident and assertive. She lets you see the real her.”

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Waitrose food recall: Urgent warning issued due to allergy fears – affected item here

Waitrose has given a warning to those who have recently been shopping in stores. It has been discovered that one item contains egg which has not been mentioned on the packaging. This could cause a serious health risk to those who have an allergy.

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Waitrose N°1 Teacakes

Shoppers have been warned over the sweet treats as they contain undeclared egg.

The mix up came as the item was packed with the wrong product which contained the allergen.

The product is not safe for those who have an allergy or intolerance to eggs.

The Food Standards Agency website said: “This product contains egg, making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg.”

The affected pack is in the size two x units with the best before day of April 7, 2020.

Those who have purchased the item have been urged not to eat it.

Instead, they can contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund.

The item can also be returned in store if shoppers are already making an essential trip to a Waitrose store.

Waitrose N°1 Charentes Butter Croissants

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The food item contained soya that was not mentioned on the ingredients list.

Again, this could be dangerous for those with any allergies or an intolerance.

The pack size was two x units with the best before date of April 1, 2020.

Shoppers should contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund or return it to the store during an essential shopping trip.

Point-of-sale notices have been placed in stores which give more information about the recall.

No other Waitrose products are thought to be affected.

Recall warnings are not often issued to shoppers but are something that should be taken seriously.

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How to cook grains

In the UK, Britons are about to enter its third week of lockdown with many only leaving home once a day to exercise or buy essential goods such as food and medicine. The three-week lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23.

Mr Johnson said people must now stay at home to step the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 3,700 people.

The Prime Minister announced the new tough measures to keep people in their homes in the hope of saving lives and protecting the NHS.

The measures mean many spend all their time at home and have led to Britons up and down the country trying out new recipes.

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How to cook grains

Grains are affordable, have a long shelf-life and are healthy, making it the perfect item to cook during lockdown.

A grain is a small, hard, dry seed, with or without an attached hull or fruit layer.

There are a number of grains including wheat, oats, rice, corn, barley, sorghum, rye, and millet.

How to cook wheat grains

To cook wheat grains, simply bring 2.5 parts water to one part raw wheat grains, to boil.

Rinse the wheat under running water in a colander until the water runs clear, and add to the boiling water.

To boil, cover and simmer for between 45 minutes and an hour, until the grains are tender.

Remove from the heat, drain any excess water, and fluff gently with a fork.

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How to cook rice

You will need one cup basmati rice per serving (75g), a knob of butter or half a tablespoon of oil.

Measure the rice into a cup and level the top, or weigh the amount of servings you want into a jug and note the liquid level it comes up to.

Rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.

Pour the rice into a pan over a low heat, then add the butter or oil and stir to coat the rice grains.

Add double the amount of water (two cups, or 150ml water for a 75g serving) plus some salt, if you like.

Put a lid on and turn the heat down to as low as possible.

Cook for 10 minutes and do not take the lid off.

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it straight away.

How to cook oats

Bring water or milk to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Stir in the oats and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer uncovered over low heat and stir occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes or until oats are of desired texture.

How to cook rye

For each cup of rye grain, add four cups of water.

Combine rye berries and water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, cooking time is around 60 minutes.

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Fury as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi refuse to let children into supermarkets

Supermarkets have imposed social distancing rules in their supermarkets due to the coronavirus. Shops have imposed two metre rules and are only allowing a certain number of children in shops at a time.

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However, the stores now also seem to be refusing to let children into shops with their parents.

Even single parents have been told their young children would have to wait outside without them.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi have all been accused of this on Twitter.

Sainsbury’s shoppers wrote: “So when did you decide to stop allowing children into your stores?

“Absolutely disgusted by the security staff and service at Charcot road nw9 store. I was refused entry with my son and security told me to leave my 7yr old outside ALONE! I am a single parent!”

Another said: “If it’s only 1 adult and no children in @asda and @sainsburys then how does my daughter as a single mother shop?”

One ASDA customer wrote: “Was at Asda with my 7y/o this week & was told by security guards that I would be “allowed in this time but next time I’d need to work something else out”! Unfortunately many of us do not have the privilege of leaving our children safe at home.”

“Asda are allowing 1 person only from each household.. I just got turned away with my son. Luckily I could leave him outside if I wanted as he’s old enough. Kinda concerned for the single parents with younger children and no family/support though,” another said.

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An Aldi shopper wrote: “A friend visited @AldiUK this morning & has been told that she has to leave her 4 kids at the front of the store whilst she does her essential food shop. She’s a single mom & has no choice but to take her kids shopping.”

Asda responded on Twitter to claim this was not a policy.

It wrote: “You may have seen posts being shared on social media suggesting that families with children won’t be allowed into our stores. This isn’t the case.”

The government recently provided a lifeline for vulnerable food delivery after many struggled to get their hands on groceries. 

A vulnerable man has shared the lifeline that enabled him to finally arrange a delivery.

The government has provided support via a link, and one vulnerable man claims he has finally got a delivery slot after filling in the online form.

After filling in a link on the government website, he found slots at all stores.

He told Express.co.uk: “The gov posted this link yesterday I filled it out last night this morning I was able to go on to all stores to put order in.”

Where are the earliest slots available for delivery in the UK? 

Asda has sold out on online delivery slots up until April 14. Slots for the following weeks have yet to be released.

The supermarket is urging those who can to come in to store and take up delivery slots others may need more.

Tesco’s next delivery slot is April 14. Like most other retailers is it asking those who are well to come into the store to leave delivery for the elderly, disabled and those more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

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Martin Lewis gives urgent advice as Britons clear bank accounts: ‘The rules are simple’

Martin Lewis appeared via livestream to speak to presenters on Good Morning Britain. He answered the question: “Is our money safe in our banks?”

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The viewer claimed to know people who had cleared their bank accounts out.

Martin said: “Things are certainly safer in your bank than they are being held in your home, where any home insurance is protecting you, you usually get up to £1,000 in protection.”

There are protections in place for money in banks far higher than the £1,000 insurance pay out.

Martin went on: “Rules in the UK are simple. UK regulated savings accounts, which almost every single one that anybody’s heard of are, you are protected up to £85,000 per person, per financial institution.

“That is backed up by the government who I would be very surprised to see let a bank go bust at the moment because it’s so crucial.

“Even if it did, they would probably move the savings pot.

“If the state went bust, well we’d all have a bigger problem with our savings so I would suggest up to £85,000 in any financial institution you are safe yes.”

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Prince Charles has coronavirus: Full list of senior UK royals vulnerable to COVID-19

Clarence House released a statement after news broke that Prince Charles has coronavirus. The statement said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

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Now the Prince is his Birkenhall House with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Duchess was also tested but is not positive.

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For many, Charles age will cause concern, as the elderly at considered to be in a vulnerable group of the illness.

Which other senior members of the Royal Family fit into this category

Who are “senior” royals?

Senior royals are considered to be the Queen and direct descendants who carry out duties on behalf of Her Majesty.

While there are a number of “working royals”, senior royals are considered to be the most important among them.

List of senior royals

  • The Queen
  • Prince Charles
  • Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
  • Princess Anne
  • Prince William
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Phillip is not technically a senior royal in this regard as, at 98, he is retired from official duties.

However, generally he is still considered to be hugely important in the hierarchy of the family and he is still very significant in terms of his military accolades.

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Sometimes Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are also referred to as senior royals because they carry out important work for the Queen.

How far up a person is in the line of succession does not automatically make them a senior royal.

For example, Princess Beatrice is not a senior royal, although she is closer to the throne than Princess Anne, because she is privately employed.

Prince Andrew ceased to be a senior royal when he stepped down after he was linked to Jeffery Epstein.

Prince Harry, although sixth in line to the throne, is not a senior royal as he has opted to leave the post and move to North America to make a private income with his former-actress wife Meghan Markle.

A huge number of the British senior royals are vulnerable to coronavirus.

Vulnerable people include organ transplant recipients, people with lung cancer or cancer of the bone or blood. Those with respiratory conditions are also at risk.

However, age has proven to be the largest risk to most Britons.

While the average chance of dying of coronavirus is between 0.5 percent and one percent, this shoots up to just over five percent for those age 70 to 79 and to near 10 percent for those age 80 and over.

This puts the ageing British Royal Family at quite some risk. The Queen and Prince Philip, both in their 90s, are at most risk.

Princess Anne turn 70 in August, and so is has between 2.5 percent an five percent chance of passing away from the virus if infected. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are both in their 70s.

Of the six official senior royals, four are vulnerable.

This means over 60 percent of British senior royals are at a higher risk.

Some members of the public blasted the Prince Charles coronavirus test, when the kits are sought after in the UK. 

They also questioned whether Prince Charles really met the criteria for testing with “mild symptoms.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Prince Charles hasn’t been hospitalised but he’s been tested but they refused to test my mum an NHS worker who has symptoms.”

However, Clarence House said: “The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”

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