Surprise! Imagine finding out that your grandmother is royalty — well, that is what happened to Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex's daughter, Lady Louise.
“I mean Louise had no concept really that the Queen and her grandmother were one and the same person," Sophie confessed in an interview. “It wasn’t until she was at school that other children were mentioning it and saying, ‘Your gran is the Queen.' And she’d come home and say, ‘Mummy, they say that Grandmama is the Queen.’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘I don’t understand what they mean.’”
The couple try to keep their kids grounded and out of the spotlight. So much so, Louise had the choice of becoming a working royal when she turned 18, but it seems like she is focusing on other things for now.
“She’s working hard and will do A-levels. I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever," Sophie 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 it’s highly unlikely.”
"Certainly when they were very young we tried to keep them out of it," Sophie said in 2016. "Only because for their sakes, to grow up as normally as possible we felt was quite important. And they're going to have to go out and get a job and earn a living later on in life and if they've had a normal a start in life they possibly can get, then hopefully that will stand them in good stead."
Lady Louise and her brother, James, Viscount Severn, have a strong bond with their grandmother.
“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," a source said.