Lady Louise Windsor, 17, stepped into the royal limelight earlier this year as she joined her parents Sophie Countess of Wessex, 56, and Prince Edward, 57, for several outings following Prince Philip’s death. A body language expert has analysed recent photos of the royal teenager and claimed she is using her mother as a royal role model.
While Louise and her brother James, Viscount Severn, 13, have been raised outside the royal spotlight, Sophie and Edward’s recent promotion up the Firm has prompted speculation their children could take on bigger roles in future.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit the monarchy led to Sophie and Edward taking on a larger number of royal duties and they have proven to be a hit with fans.
Touching on their burgeoning royal role in a recent interview with the Telegraph, Prince Edward said: “Well, we’re flattered is probably the best way of putting it.”
Sophie added: “Inevitably the spotlight and the focus falls on younger members as time goes on.”
The Countess added: “We’ve plodded along doing what we’re doing, hopefully doing it well. And then all of a sudden there’s a bit of a hiatus and things have changed a bit.
“Naturally, the media are looking for people to fill the so-called void. But you know, we have been doing this for what feels like a pretty long time!”
Body language expert and author Judi James analysed a series of recent photos of Louise out and about with mum Sophie and shared her insights.
Judi said: “It’s probably due to her mother’s current success and elevation as a front-line royal and integral member of the Firm that Louise now finds the spotlight falling on her as well.”
Judi added: “The very close bonds between Louise and her grandfather Philip were revealed during the time of his funeral.
“This also seemed to spark a more visible role for Sophie as she was in close attendance as her parents stood accepting condolences straight after the Duke’s death.
“Her tight clasp on her handbag, which she holds in front of her torso in a barrier gesture, hints at some camera-shyness here and her arms are held tight into her torso in a self-hug ritual but Louise is also seen mirroring her mother’s poise and elegant royal smile and when her parents stood together close to the cameras it looked like a very natural decision for Louise to stand in the middle and slightly behind, wearing a matching head-tilt and pursed-lip smile of concern and empathy.”
Louise mimics her mother’s confidence, Judi claimed.
She said: “Even in more casual moments, like the beach shot, we can see how alike Louise and Sophie’s body language is, with both using the same confident posture and smile as well as matching jeans and the sunglasses on the head.
“All the non-verbal signs suggest that Louise is keen to support her mother and share in her royal duties, while Sophie’s brand of contagious confidence and her upbeat style of leadership suggests she is helping Louise to enjoy and relax into her royal role.”
While Louise has been raised without her princess title and HRH style she can choose whether or not she wishes to use them when she turns 18 in November.