Lady Louise Windsor attends Royal Windsor Horse Show
Lady Louise Windsor has been branded a “down-to-earth” and “genuine” royal as she follows in the footsteps of her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
The 19-year-old granddaughter of the late Queen Elizabeth was even spotted this week driving a second-hand Volkswagen Polo she reportedly saved up for while working at a local garden centre, earning £6.83 an hour.
The young royal had to work the tills, greet customers and prune the plants. She seemed “polite and attentive” and to be “loving the job,” according to a royal insider.
The source told the Sun: “The idea of taking a summer job came from Louise herself, who had been saving for her first car which she could use to practice on the private roads of the Windsor estate.
“The amount she saved from her first job was matched by her parents, and she bought a second-hand blue VW Polo and went on to pass her driving test first time.”
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And it seems like taking a part-time summer job was Louise’s idea – encouraged by her mum Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh.
The King’s niece left school last year with four A-Levels in English, History, Politics and Drama, which secured her a spot studying an English degree at St Andrews University, where Prince William and Kate Middleton met.
She even turned down the royal title she is entitled to use when she reached the age of 18.
Her cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have both adopted their titles, as their dad Prince Andrew reportedly wanted them to have full HRH status.
Sophie – who has left the decision up to her children when they are old enough – previously said she thought it was “highly unlikely” her daughter would adopt it.
A close family friend claimed Louise said she had no wish to use her full title in everyday life, after discussing it with her parents.
They added: “Louise is a lovely, genuine, down-to-earth girl with no sense of entitlement.
“She does not see any need to use the ‘adornments’, as she calls them, which can often attract more attention than they are worth.
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“This means that Louise will always be a member of the Royal Family, just not a ‘professional’ full-time working royal.
“She’s more like Zara Tindall and her brother Peter Phillips – they have their royal birthright but are not hands-on ‘balcony royals’.”
But while Louise has enjoyed some trappings of being a royal, like growing up in a £30m Grade II listed Bagshot Park mansion set within 51 acres of land in Surrey, she was largely kept out of the spotlight and was only seen during special occasions.
In a previous interview, Sophie spoke about how she and Edward were intent on giving their children a normal upbringing.
“They go to a regular school,” 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. When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother.”
The young royal was born with esotropia, a condition that turns the eyes outward which was fixed by an operation in 2014.
This inspired her mum to become a patron of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.
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