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Sophie Wessex hailed 'royal key worker' for making big difference in an 'understated' way 

A royal expert has hailed Sophie Wessex a 'royal key worker' for the volunteering she has been carrying out amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Countess of Wessex, 55, has been at the forefront of the Royal Family's response to the current global crisis - and joined a counselling shift on Wednesday at a call centre offering support for vulnerable children.

Speaking of her volunteering efforts, Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty, who branded her a 'royal key worker,' commented: 'She is making a difference in a very understated, very "Sophie" way.' 

It comes as Peregrine Armstrong-Jones, of Bentley's Entertainment, told PEOPLE magazine: 'There's no fanfare.

'These are private visits done in her own private time. When she leaves our kitchens, she generally then goes on to do more projects in different hospitals.'

The Countess of Wessex, 55, was pictured listening to staff as she met with the team at the Childline and NSPCC headquarters in London

Sophie Wessex has been continuing her volunteering efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic by helping out to pack food and prescription parcels in Southampton

A friend added: 'She was brought up by her parents and there was going to be no free ride in her family.

'She wasn't born to be the eldest daughter of a duke and duchess and find a marvelous marriage and polish her tiaras.' 

Yesterday, the royal - who is married to the Queen's youngest son Prince Edward - was pictured chatting to staff as she met with the team at the Childline and NSPCC headquarters in London, which is a confidential service for under-19s to seek help and support. 

Sophie - mother to Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn - also joined The Saints Foundation last Friday to help pack food and prescription parcels for the vulnerable. 

The Countess has spent the last three months volunteering for a range of worthy causes (pictured, in April making meals for NHS staff) 

Sharing the news on Twitter, the Southampton-based charity posted: 'We were delighted to be joined by HRH The Countess of Wessex this week, who volunteered with us at @FairShareUk and on our Prescription Delivery Service. 

'A real privilege to show The Royal Family how we are transforming lives in and around Southampton.'

In a video clip shared on the social media channel, Sophie could be seen donning a high-vis jacket and getting stuck into the volunteering effort.  

The visit came days after she opened up about adjusting to life in the royal family, speaking of her 'frustration' and admitting it took her a while to 'find her feet'. 

She told The Times she had to reduce her expectations of what she could actually do and 'take a really big step back'.

'I couldn't turn up at a charity and go, right, I think you should be doing this, because that's what I was used to doing in my working life,' she said.  

Meanwhile the royal also helped out at a mosque in Woking to pack food packages to mark the start of Eid 

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