Lady Louise Windsor: Will Queen’s granddaughter Louise be a working royal? Rules explained

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Although there are several members of the Royal Family, only some of them are considered working royals. Working members of the Royal Family carry out engagements and duties on behalf of the crown. Only working royals are usually entitled to public funding through the Sovereign Grant, or security paid for by the taxpayer.

Who are the working royals?

The Queen is the most senior working member of the Royal Family.

Many of the Queen’s children are considered working royals, including Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.

Charles’ wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is also a working royal, as is Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

However, only some of the Queen’s grandchildren have ever worked officially on behalf of the crown.

Prince William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, are considered working members of the Royal Family.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were also working royals, until they decided to step down from their roles in March 2020.

Both William and Harry are high in the line of succession to the throne, which may explain why they were allowed to be working royals.

The rest of the Queen’s grandchildren, such as Princess Beatrice and Zara Tindall, are not considered working royals.

Non-working royals do not carry out official engagements for the Royal Family and they also have to earn their own income.

Will Lady Louise Windsor be a working royal?

The Queen’s youngest granddaughter is Lady Louise Windsor, daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

Louise’s parents have taken on public royal roles in recent years, representing the crown in an official capacity on a number of occasions.

While the Queen is known to be very close to her granddaughter Louise, she is however unlikely to ever be a working royal.

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In an interview with the Sunday Times last year, Sophie, Countess of Wessex indicated Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn, are “very likely” to have to pursue their own careers one day.

Sophie said: “We try to bring them up with the understanding 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.”

In the future, a higher number of royals may be expected to earn their own income.

Prince Charles is believed to want a ‘slimmed down’ version of monarchy, where only those highest in the line of succession will be working royals.

According to recent reports, this could mean just seven of the immediate Royal Family are working royals.

When Charles is King, working royals will likely include Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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