I like her too. I can see why the Queen likes her. Sophie is and always was a hardworker and her work history did work in her favor in winning the Queen's support prior to marriage and even to this day. IMO If Sophie had done nothing but live in her parents house , never working at the age of 28 when she met Prince Edward, I doubt the Queen would have been so supportive of the union.
She had her own life, traveled the world, lived and worked in another Country, had suitors, went to business school and made her own way in the world by the time she was 28 when she met Prince Edward (by chance when she was asked to fill in for the news reporter who did not show up for the Real-tennis event.) The radio station and officials asked Sophie to "fill in' and play tennis with Prince Edward.) Sophie had a life prior to Edward,worked, made her own money which I always liked about her. She was a selfstarter.
The sting was overblown in the press imo, it was a smear campaign,to throw a negative light on Pr. Edward and Sophie having outside jobs and true, it worked, because she did fall into the trap, by gossiping, but I still felt the press overblew it. She was basically being gossipy to impress perhaps. Sophie never said many of the things the tabloid press wrote.
She referred to the Queen Mum as the old dear, it was said affectionately. She never promised the sheik any connection to a Royal at all. Her trouble arose from the fact that she was commenting on several of the Royals in a business private dinner, something she should never have done, true, She mentioned Charles and Camilla being unpopular, saying also they would marry as soon as the Queen Mum was gone, that was definately too much gossipy information, and stupid to be discussing and what she said about Blair was that he tried to be too Presidential, another no-no, Royals don't discuss politics, or opinions on such, she also discussed something about the destruction of the Countryside.
It is true she should not have been talking at all and she was trying to perhaps impress, but she never promised access to a Royal. Her problem was that she was being gossipy, discussing personal-private thoughts about Royals and other subjects in an attempt to impress. She has learned from her mistake. imo
There hasn't been any tell-all books leaked from her to Royal author's, no mad spending sprees, very little drama or complaints in all these years. The press 'set-up' sting is what the press has to latch on to as a negative for her, in all the years of being a Royal and she was involved in the sting relatively early in the marriage, she has learned her lesson. She has become a hardworking Royal and has remained the Queen's favorite and adored by her father-in-law Pr.Phillip. She does her job and is doing exactly what a Royal wife should. IMO