Lady Louise Windsor tipped to replace Prince Harry for this important royal role

Lady Louise Windsor is expected to play a larger role in the Royal Family when she turns 18 next week

Lady Louise Windsor could replace Prince Harry for this important royal role
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Lady Louise Windsor could be a candidate for a high-ranking royal position after she turns 18 next week, as Prince Harry is expected to lose yet another official duty. 

Lady Louise Windsor's public persona could skyrocket over the coming year, as she prepares to celebrate her 18th birthday on November 8. 

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex's eldest child will finally be eligible to take on some of the official roles fulfilled by senior members of the Royal Family in five days' time—and, with so much uncertainty at Buckingham Palace over the past few months, it looks like the pressure is on for her to step up to the plate. 

It's understood that Prince Harry will soon be stripped of his position as Counsellor of State, one of the last remaining royal duties he has held since his controversial emigration to the US with Meghan Markle last year. 

With Lady Louise just days away from adulthood, she could be a candidate to replace the Duke of Sussex in this important role. As Counsellor of State, the young royal would be expected to stand in for the Queen should she be unable to attend a public engagement. Louise wouldn't bear the weight of the job alone though—the role is currently held by Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Andrew, and, at least for now, Prince Harry. 


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As the second youngest of the Queen's grandchildren, the teenage aristocrat is perhaps one of the lesser-known members of Britain's most famous family. She spends much of the year at St. Mary's Ascot boarding school in Berkshire, where she is currently studying for her A-Levels and has made few appearances at public engagements throughout her childhood. 

However, we could be seeing a lot more of Will and Harry's unassuming cousin in the near future. Lady Louise Windsor was recently called the 'Royal Family's secret weapon', after delighting viewers with her sweet memories of the late Duke of Edinburgh in the BBC Prince Philip documentary in September. Her contribution to the TV special was warmly received by royal fans, many of whom expressed their wishes to see more of her at official events. 

It remains unclear if Lady Louise Windsor will adopt an HRH title upon turning 18, but if her mother's past statements are anything to go by, it looks unlikely. 

"They have them [HRH titles] and can decide to use them after 18, but I think it is very unlikely," the Countess of Wessex told the Sunday Times in 2020. "We try to educate them with the understanding that they will most likely have to work for a living."

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.