Countess of Wessex’s mother dies

Mary Rhys-Jones, the mother of the Countess of Wessex, has died, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

In a statement, the Palace said that Mrs Rhys-Jones, 71, had passed away in hospital on Sunday, after suffering a short illness.

The statement said: “Mary Rhys-Jones, wife of Christopher and mother of the Countess of Wessex, died on Sunday, August 28 after a short illness.”

The statement said that the Countess, who was at the hospital with her mother, was “deeply saddened” by the news.

It was reported in the ‘Sun’ newspaper in May that Mrs Rhys-Jones had been suffering from cancer and undergone surgery to have a tumour removed from her colon. However, although Buckingham Palace confirmed that she was in hospital, it did not confirm the illness nor the treatment she received.

Sophie Rhys-Jones married Prince Edward in 1999 and the couple became the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The couple had their first child – a girl called Louise – in November 2003.


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