What made the tale even more bizarre, however, was that it did not appear in the publication which obtained the original story.
It was only when the NoW contacted the palace with details of what the countess is alleged to have said that horror of the situation dawned.
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After the wedding, Sophie Rhys-Jones became known as Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex and they have two children, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn.
Even though the countess had secured an injunction preventing her employee from discussing her business, he is understood to believe that the paper was not legally prevented from running any comments made by the countess, which Mahmood had taped.
The mother-of-two beamed as she spoke with fellow attendees and could be seen sharing a laugh with those on her table.