Kate ‘admires’ Lady Louise and James’s upbringing as she faces dilemma with own children
Prince William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are trying to give their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis a childhood as normal as possible despite their position in the Firm.
Kate reportedly “admires” how Prince Edward and Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, are bringing up their children. While Sophie and Edward are both full-time working members of the Royal Family, they decided not to give the HRH styles and prince and princess titles to James, Viscount Severn, and Lady Louise Windsor upon their birth.
This decision is allowing the teenagers to grow up far from the spotlight, while remaining beloved members of the Royal Family who can take part in certain events.
How the Wessexes have juggled between being working royals open to public scrutiny and preparing their children for a future not already established for them is said to be regarded with respect by the Princess of Wales.
In her upcoming book The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, commentator Katie Nicholl wrote: “Kate is said to admire the way Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, are raising their children — Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn — in the bosom of the Royal Family but prepared for life in the real world.”
Sophie spoke in the summer of 2020 about deciding against bringing up her children as a prince and princess.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, the royal 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.”
Lady Louise, the late Queen’s youngest granddaughter, reached the adult age in November last year, but has yet to publicly speak about which role she desires to have within the Firm.
In August, Buckingham Palace announced Louise had received her A-levels and would read English at St Andrews University – where Kate and Prince William met in 2001.
The Princess of Wales’s eldest child, Prince George, doesn’t have the same freedom to make choices about his future as he is destined to become king after Prince William.
As for the future of Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Ms Nicholl believes it could be possible for the third-in-line to play a supportive role to her brother while the youngest member of the Wales family may become a non-working royal.
In an adapted extract from her book published by Vanity Fair, the author also wrote: “George, Charlotte, and Louis, who had starring roles at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, are being raised by their parents with an awareness of their positions and the roles they will one day carry out in support of the monarchy.
“George knows that like his papa, he will one day be king, while Charlotte will likely juggle the role of being the spare with a career.
“Louis could well be a private citizen undertaking occasional royal duties, like William and Harry’s cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, as well as princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
“Inevitably, because he is an heir, there will be more pressure on George, something William and Kate are acutely aware of.”
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are slowly being introduced to royal duties.
The Prince and Princess of Wales’ firstborn and daughter, in particular, have already marked several firsts, including an official visit to Cardiff.
The siblings supported one another also during two poignant occasions – the memorial service for Prince Philip in March and the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
While they aren’t prince and princess, James and Louise have made a number of public appearances in recent months.
Last autumn, the Wessexes’ daughter appeared in a BBC documentary remembering Prince Philip, during which she spoke about their shared love for carriage driving.
The teenagers were very present during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, attending all the events open to the wider family and stepping on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF flypast on June 2.
Following the death of the Queen, they joined forces with their six cousins and, despite their young age, took part in a 15-minute vigil at Westminster Hall.
Led by Prince William, the teenagers stood at each side of the coffin while thousands of mourners passed by to pay their respects.