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Lady Louise Windsor admits ‘slightly scary’ to follow in Prince Philip’s footsteps

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The daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, shared a close bond with Prince Philip. 17-year-old Lady Louise Windsor took centre stage in the BBC documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, which aired on Wednesday. Lady Louise has remained largely out of the spotlight, but as she approaches her 18th birthday, her debut on the screen could be the first of many appearances as a royal.

Speaking of their shared love for carriage driving, the young royal said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my driving which has been lovely.”

She also mentioned that it could be: “slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much, but it’s incredible to have learnt first hand from him, and definitely made us closer, I think.”

“After a competition, he would always ask how it went, his eyes would light up because he’d just get so excited when he would talk about it.”

The Duke started carriage-driving in 1971 and was credited with bringing the sport to the UK. 

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His granddaughter reflected: “When we would go carriage driving, first of all he would take me on a different route every day, and I do not know how he managed to do that.”

“He would also tell me all sorts of anecdotes about anything and everything.”

The clip ended with her saying: “He’s honestly one of the most interesting people that I’ve ever met.”

Lady Louise was a big hit with royal fans, as they dubbed her an “asset” to the family, also calling her “Lovely” Lady Louise. 

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Interviews for the documentary were filmed before and after Prince Philip’s death in April, as the film was originally commissioned to mark the Duke’s centenary in June. 

Prince Harry’s tribute was reportedly filmed in the US, where he lives having stepped back from royal duty.

Meghan Markle did not appear in the hour-long episode. 

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Reports have claimed that Lady Louise inherited some of the Duke’s carriage’s after his death, although this has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

During the interview, Louise also mentioned her grandfather’s Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and explained her decision to take part.

She said that: ‘I’d always wanted to do it because of the skills you develop as a result.’ 

The rare appearance of the young royal comes just weeks before her 18th birthday, in November. 

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