Originally Posted by Iluvbertie
Considering the lack of mainstream press coverage I doubt that the vast majority of people were even aware that she was there or that Orbis exists.
Most people I know don't even know she exists and even on royal fora she doesn't get a lot of coverage - so if she isn't getting publicity then she isn't raising awareness.
People are either knowing royals, or following some royals and the work they do, or know some royals but generally don't care what they do, but how they look. Or don't know who royals are, what they do, and generally don't care, most of such people think that royals are lazy and do nothing.
Countess is the person who, when she is involved in something, brings attention to the matter. I like how blauerengel
put my thoughts into her words:
Originally Posted by blauerengel
I do share other people´s impression that the work of Sophie, Countess of Wessex is less publicised and also gets less praise and compliments than the work of other royal ladies.
Nevertheless I have always admired her because she is very professional and friendly, everywhere she goes she is greeted by people who are obviously very happy that she is visiting. Maybe her work is less "loud" and not so hyped by the media,but it does not mean it does not have any impact. I believe it is her way of doing things-discreete,well-prepared and competent.
With other ladies´s charity work I sometimes feel that the appearance of the royal lady is more important and more recognised than the work and impact of the organisation or cause she supports. When Sophie does charitable work we always hear and read about the cause and her subtle outfit choices do not shift the attention from the important issues she wants to bring to other people´s attention. On another account: Doing such visits is not only meant for producing awareness, but they are also a way for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences between different countries and specialists who are involved in the cause.
You nailed IT!
Also if Countess work wouldn't be needed, people wouldn't want her, they would ask other royals to attend. I do believe she can change things in a matter, that younger royals can only learn.
Also there was press coverage, maybe not as loud as when Kate has appearence, but when she has appearence, people even don't know or remember what the event was for, they only want to know what she wore and buy clothes, to sell them later with profit.
When Sophie has appearance, we know why it was, and we always hear, how Countess was well prepered and knew the subject of the matter.
So, you can either search for bright sights of her work, or thinking in negative way, that simply doesn't change anything.
I believe in her, and I'm sure other people as well.
Frankly I lost some of my admiration to Kate, because of the hype media is creating around her. I would love to see her working and bringing attention to things that really matter.
Countess of Wessex Joins the Flying Eye Hospital in Doha | Marhaba Qatar's Premier Information Guide
Gulf Times - Countess of Wessex visits QF
Also if you will read closely here:
her visit to India & Qatar, wasn't mainly for the press, but for the organizations she supported, she had lots of meetings and attended symposiums with lots of people, where she had to talk and raise awarness;
"HRH highlighted how life with no access to education or employment can mean a loss of independence, so by restoring sight ORBIS can also restore opportunity."
And in my oppinion she did her job. And she did it great.
"During a press conference that took place at OryxRotana Hotel, Al-Mass presented HRH The Countess of Wessexwith a symbolic gift as a gesture of DIA’s continued support for ORBIS. “It is an eye opening experience for the community in Qatar to witness ORBIS’ Flying Eye Hospital as it gives us the opportunity to truly appreciate the breath of work that the organization undertakes to prevent avoidable child blindness around the world. Doha International Airport is proud to continue
our support toward ORBIS and its sigh-saving initiatives”, said Abdulaziz Al-Mass, Manager of Public Relations and Communications, DIA. "