The Australian model caught partying with Prince William during a lads’ ski trip has spoken out about the furore surrounding the night.
Sophie Taylor, who hails from the Central Coast, made headlines all over the world when she was pictured at Swiss ski resort Verbier, having lunch with the Prince and his friends.
However it was their partying ways that caught everyone’s attention and now the 24-year-old says she hopes it will spark some interest in her modeling career.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Sophie, who has since flown back to Australia, said she’s now focused on getting back into the fashion industry.
“If anything could come from this, that is definitely what I would hope,” she said.
She went on to explain that she has modeled in the past but left that life to embark on a round the world trip.
“I left Chadwicks (agency) a few years ago when I went to travel. I loved modelling and I did not want to give it up, but I really wanted to go travelling,” Sophie said.
She also said her trip back to Australia was planned and it wasn’t a result of her late night partying with William.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for Sophie, who grew up in the beachside suburb of Terrigal in NSW, since she was snapped partying with the prince.
“Sophie said they met and had a few drinks,” her mother Joni told The Daily Telegraph.
“She said he was lovely and a down to earth person.”
Shooting down any rumours it was anything more than an innocent encounter, Joni insists Sophie – who is currently dating bartender-turned-chef Aaron Goodfellow – would never “put anyone in that position”.
Prince William, who left his wife Kate Middleton and two children George and Charlotte at home, was enjoying a “boozy all-boys ski trip” according to The Mirror.
However, at lunch time, Prince William was seen outside the mountainside restaurant La Vache with Sophie, her pal, and Will’s crew - including royal regulars Guy Pelly, James Meade and Tom Van Straubenzee - downing Jaegerbombs, wine and beer.
Prince William's ski trip came the day before his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, held a ceremony in support of Commonwealth Day which William was noticeably absent from.