LONDON: Sophie Wessex, the so-called PR Princess, is reviewing her business practices in light of media criticism that she is exploiting her royal connections.
LONDON: Sophie Wessex, the so-called PR Princess, is reviewing her
business practices in light of media criticism that she is exploiting
her royal connections.
Wessex, known as Rhys-Jones before her marriage to Prince Edward, has
continued as chairwoman of R-JH, a London-based PR agency. She caused a
media firestorm last week after being photographed posing next to a
Rover car at the Frankfurt Motor Fair.
Wessex had told clients, including Rover, that she would not be
personally endorsing their products. However, once she realized the
paparazzi had noticed her, she stood by her client’s car and obliged the
photographers, saying it ’seemed sensible’ to do so.
In a statement to PRWeek UK, Wessex acknowledged that her agency is
conscious of the conflicts posed by her heightened public profile. ’We
are currently reviewing any situation that we think might present a
potential problem in terms of media interest,’ she said.
Clients of R-JH, which include jewelers Boodle & Dunthorne and posh
hotel Lanesborough, were said to be worried by press reports suggesting
that Buckingham Palace had given Wessex an ultimatum to choose between
her PR career and life as a full-time royal.
’Some of our clients had concerns about what had been written, but that
was only natural,’ she said. ’We need to get over this hurdle and
emphasize to our clients that we are not about to receive any ultimatum
or cease trading.’
Separately, Camilla Parker Bowles toured New York last week. Her trip
has been portrayed as a PR effort to help gain acceptance for her
relationship with Prince Charles.