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Tuesday, 7 March, 2000, 17:28 GMT
Sophie's snow fall
Sophie Wessex
Snow fall for Sophie Wessex
The Countess of Wessex hobbled into work on crutches after twisting an ankle during a skiing holiday

Sophie Wessex had been holidaying in the Swiss resort of St Moritz.

She is believed to have fallen badly while on the slopes.

Her left ankle has been bandaged and she is walking with the aid of crutches.

Sophie Wessex
Sophie Wessex hobbles to work on crutches
She and the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, returned to Britain on Sunday.

The Countess of Wessex greeted reporters as she returned to work at her PR firm, R-J H Public Relations, on Monday morning.

She was wearing a grey trouser suit with a brown loafer on her injured left foot and a normal boot on her right.

The Countess, who has reportedly taken up snowboarding recently, told the Sun newspaper she was skiing at the time of the fall.

"It's not as bad as it looks," she told the paper. "I did it skiing, not snowboarding. I just fell over."

Sophie, 35, and Edward, 34, married in Windsor in June last year.

On her last visit to St Moritz, Sophie Wessex was caught up in a storm of controversy after she was photographed wearing a fox fur hat.

She later admitted the decision to wear the hat had been an "error of judgement."

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