LADY LOUISE WINDSOR may be encouraged to take up her HRH titles by the Queen, who is believed to consider the teenager her ‘favourite grandchild, a royal expert told This website.
Lady Louise has a big decision to make over her royal future in just a few weeks’ time. She turns 18 on November 8, less than a month away, and can decide whether to take the title of princess when she reaches the landmark birthday. Her parents Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, decided when they married in 1999 that their children would not be known as prince or princess, and wanted them to have as normal a childhood as possible.
Instead, they have been styled as children of an Earl.
However, when they come of age, they are able to decide to take up their royal titles themselves, a move which would likely mark a decision to become a working royal.
Sophie warned last year that it is “highly unlikely” her children would use their HRH titles.
She said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living.
“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles. They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”
A royal source told The Sun in 2019 that Louise established herself as the Queen’s favourite grandchild after a summer trip to Balmoral.
The source said: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”
Being the monarch’s favourite grandchild may help steer Louise towards accepting her titles, according to a royal biographer.
Howard Hodgson, author of ‘The King and Di: The True Story’, told This website: “If she [the Queen]does take a side, when people make a move in her direction, they tend to go on in that direction.
“So, I think her favourite grandchild may carry some favour and probably will be encouraged to take the title.”
He added that, while Louise may not be the centre of the monarchy’s PR machine, there is “enough work to go round”.
Mr Hodgson acknowledged Prince Charles’ plan to slim down the focus of the monarchy to. “Brinkwire Summary News”.