Sophie, who’s married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, spoke to professionals and volunteers about taboos surrounding menstruation, menopause and being pregnant. In a royal first, the Countess of Wessex additionally opened up on her private experiences of menopause.
“Nobody talks about periods. Nobody talks about menopause. Why not?” she remarked. “It’s something that happens to us 12 times a year. It’s something that’s incredibly normal, but it’s something that is hidden. And I think it’s time to say ‘Enough, we need to bring this out onto the table and say, let’s talk about this.’”
Talking about menopause, the 56-year-old addressed the way it was made to really feel like a “shackle”. “Really we should be celebrating the fact that we don’t have to have periods anymore – it should be a liberation, but it feels like a shackle. It’s described as something incredibly negative.”
The digital interplay marked Sophie’s new position as Patron of Wellbeing of Women, a girls’s well being charity devoted to saving and altering the lives of ladies, women and infants by way of pioneering analysis, the royal household shared on Instagram. “I’m delighted to take on this role. I have a vested interest in it,” she expressed.
Addressing the inconceivable requirements of health and sweetness imposed on girls, she additional stated, “We’ve got to be fit, we’ve got to be clever, we’ve got to be looking skinny, we’ve got to looking beautiful. We’ve got to look 25 years old for the rest of our lives. But unfortunately our bodies are going, ‘That’s fine, you can do all of that on the outside as much as you possibly can or afford to, but on the inside, things are a little different.’”
She known as for a extra inclusive illustration of ageing girls in media. “Whilst all of our media and the messaging about women’s bodies, about our looks, everything is very superficial. And we’re trying to cling on to all of that for as long as we possibly can.”