Zara Tindall 'careful about not upstaging' Charlotte says expert
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Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and Zara Tindall, 40, are decades apart in age but Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughters share a lot in common. Unlike most of their royal cousins, neither Zara nor Louise have been raised with royal titles and are not working members of the monarchy.
Zara’s mother Princess Anne, 70, declined the Queen’s offer of HRH styles and prince and princess titles for her offspring and both Zara and her brother Peter Phillips, 42, were raised as private citizens instead.
Zara has been able to pursue her own career outside the Firm and followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a professional equestrian, winning Silver with Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.
Louise is currently studying for her A-Levels and while she is yet to enter the working world, it is understood she will work for a living rather than serving the Crown.
Louise’s parents – Prince Edward, 57, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 56, followed in Anne’s footsteps when it came to making a decision about their children’s royal titles.
While Louise and their son James, Viscount Severn, technically have HRH styles and are a princess and prince, they have not been raised to use the titles.
Instead, Sophie and Edward styled their offspring after their Wessex peerage in a move that was designed to afford them more privacy.
A constitutional expert has explained how Princess Anne paved the way for future royal parents.
Academic Iain MacMarthanne told Express.co.uk: “In 1973, the then Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips and at that juncture both refused a title for Captain Phillips.”
Mr MacMarthanne added: “It in effect meant that any children born of the marriage would pass through life without a title.
“With the birth of their son Peter in 1977, and daughter Zara 1981, they continued to eschew titles for the grandchildren of the Queen.”
Mr MacMarthanne added: “In real terms, a title can prove more of a hindrance than a benefit.
“Accordingly, in a world less driven by social protocol and deference it seems imminently sensible that members of the family, who will not have a front line role, are not encumbered by the limitations a title might bring.”
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The expert added: “Certainly this has been the common explanation given by those who have refused titles, allowing their children instead to pursue a more private life, albeit in a public way, whilst remaining a member of the wider Royal Family.
“Without doubt, the Princess Royal’s decision in the 1970s brought the precedent closer to the crown and has enabled her brother and nephew to push its limits still further creating, in her wake, new ones.
“This has been seen in her brother, the Earl of Wessex and Forfar, rejecting the HRH prefix for his children and instead, having his son use his courtesy title Viscount Severn rather than prince.”
Louise and James will be able to choose whether or not to use their royal titles when they turn 18 but their mum Sophie has expressed doubt that they will and explained her children have been raised to “expect to work for a living”.
The Countess previously told the Sunday Times Magazine: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.”
Sophie added: “Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.”
Louise and Zara were among the royals to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
The Duke of Edinburgh taught Louise to drive pony carriages and she is understood to have inherited his ponies and trap.
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