Sophie shared a candid insight into going through the menopause as she became patron of the charity Wellbeing of Women this week. She described losing her train of thought on royal engagements and feeling as if somebody had taken her brain out while secretly experiencing symptoms. The 56-year-old said she had hot flushes, memory loss and brain fog, which all symptoms of the menopause.
Sophie is thought to be the first member of the Royal Family to discuss their own experiences of the issue in public.
During a vide chat with Sarah Jane Cale, founder of the Positive Menopause website, she said:”You know in the middle of a presentation when you suddenly can’t remember what you were talking about, try being on an engagement when that happens – your words just go.
“And you’re standing there and going, ‘Hang on, I thought I was a reasonably intelligent person, what has just happened to me?’
“It’s like somebody’s just gone and taken your brain out for however long before they pop it back in again and you try and pick up the pieces and carry on.”
Sophie’s confession prompted a flurry of support on social media for “shining a light” on the issue.
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter wrote on Twitter: “Fantastic to see Sophie shining a light on another of life’s taboo topics.”
Hello! royal editor Emily Nash added: “It’s brilliant to see the Countess of Wessex speaking so frankly about the menopause:”
Another Twitter user said: “Hope this raises the profile of this important issue.”