Looks like Prince Harry and Prince William might not be Queen Elizabeth's favorite grandchildren after all! According to royal expert Phil Dampier — who writes a weekly column for The Royal Observer — he believes that Lady Louise Windsor is beloved by the monarch.
“Lady Louise is definitely a favorite of the Queen, and I can see her having an important role in the royal family in the future," he told Fabulous. “Her Majesty sees a lot of Edward and Sophie and their children at Windsor Castle as they live nearby at Bagshot Park. The Queen is very close to her mother, Sophie, and of course, there has always been a bond between them because Sophie nearly died giving birth and Louise has had her eye condition to cope with."
He continued, “But she has grown into a lovely and intelligent young woman and the Queen adores her.”
The 95-year-old may even have the closest bond with the 17-year-old.
“In many ways the Queen is closer to Louise and her brother James because they are just family and don't yet have major roles," he shared. “Harry and Meghan have left of course, and William and Kate live in Norfolk much of the time and are busy with their duties. So, she sees the Wessex family more in relaxed times.”
After Prince Philip passed away in April, he gifted Lady Louise something special, as she loves to horseback ride.
“The Queen would be delighted that Prince Philip left her his ponies and carriage to carry on the tradition and the Queen loves her family to be interested in anything horsey," Dampier said.
It might even possible that Louise will take on royal duties going forward.
“Louise is highly intelligent and thoughtful, and you get the impression she would want to find an important role for herself and do something special with her life," Dampier explained. “I’m sure she will be encouraged by her parents to forge her own way, but if the Queen needs her to step up and take on some duties then I’m sure she would be up for it."