How Sophie Wessex Is Helping to Fill Void Left by Meghan and Harry’s Departure

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She has used her position to champion women and girls around the world, including joining the U.K. government-backed campaign against sexual violence used in war, recently traveling to South Sudan. And she has taken the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust's campaign against avoidable blindness  around the Commonwealth.

It is on those foreign trips, a former staffer tells PEOPLE, that Sophie is often able to show what she can do. "She has a simple connection with people when she meets patients and families," says the former staffer. "I think of it as scattering magic dust."

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