Lady Louise Windsor poised for major shift next week with key decision

Lady Louise Windsor talks about doing the Duke of Edinburgh award

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Prince Edward’s eldest child will, most likely, decide whether she would like to adopt an HRH title from November 8 – her 18th birthday. Speculation around this choice is rife – as commentators and fans ponder what this could mean for Louise and the Firm. Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, had preferred to style their children as offspring of an earl, rather than bestow on titles of Prince and Princess.

Richard Fitzwilliams, royal commentator, told Express.co.uk: “Her parents, who have brought up her and her brother James, Viscount Severn, in as normal a way as possible, have intimated that she will choose a career of her own and that she will not use the HRH title she is entitled to use as a child of the son of the sovereign.”

Royal expert Marlene Koenig was stronger in her scepticism of Louise becoming a princess. She suggests the final word rests in the Queen’s hands – even if Louise would like the title.

She told Express.co.uk: “It is not her decision. Not her choice.

“There is no precedent for this.

“Yes, she should be styled as HRH Princess Louise of Wessex, but when Edward and Sophie married, an official announcement was made that the Queen decided and Edward and Sophie agreed that their children would be styled as children of an earl.”

In 1999, following Edward and Sophie’s wedding, Buckingham Palace bestowed the Earl and Countess titles on the royal couple.

In a statement, the Palace outlined: “The Queen has also decided, with the agreement of Prince Edward and Miss Rhys-Jones, that any children they might have should not be given the style His or Her Royal Highness, but would have courtesy titles as sons or daughters of an Earl.”

If she is able and willing to adopt the HRH title, this could signal a more public and prominent role for Louise within the Royal Family.

However, her mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has expressed doubt over whether the HRH title is something that her daughter would seek.

She revealed in an interview with the Sunday Times: “They have them [HRH titles] and can decide to use them after 18, but I think it is very unlikely.”

She added: “We try to educate them with the understanding that they will most likely have to work for a living.”

Sophie has stressed that a normal life for Louise and James, Viscount Severn, 13, was the focus behind her and Edward’s parenting style.

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She said: “They go to friends for sleepovers and parties.

“At weekends we do lots of dog walking and stay with friends.

“I guess not everyone’s grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are.”

Louise, who is in her final year of study at exclusive single-sex boarding school, St Mary’s Ascot, in Berkshire, has courted little media attention but has a comfortable position within the royal family as a non-working member.

However, a royal source has Louise is “already getting media training and self-defence classes,” and that she “is the sort of kid who can impress adults and get down on a child’s level, all within the same space.”

Such skills would prove useful for Lady Louise if she chose to take on more official duties as a working member of the Royal Family.

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