Lady Louise, the only daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, took royal watchers by storm after her interview focused on the late Duke of Edinburgh was broadcasted as part of the hour-long BBC documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers. The 17-year-old spoke “with confidence and charm”, according to royal author Hugo Vickers.
Speaking about how the young royal performed during the film, he told Express.co.uk: “She spoke with confidence and charm.
“I have heard some saying they thought her the best.
“Shows what a good school St Mary’s Ascot is.”
The royal commentator added Lady Louise also “related well with her father”, Prince Edward.
Among other royal watchers praising Louise, there was the Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English.
She wrote on Twitter: “I thought she came across as a beautifully assured, genuine and eloquent young woman. One to watch!”
During the documentary, Lady Louise spoke about taking her passion for carriage driving after her beloved grandfather and how much she had the chance to learn from him.
The well-spoken teenager said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has been so involved in my driving which has been so lovely, although slightly scary because he invented the sport pretty much.
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“It’s incredible to have learned first hand from him.”
Louise recalled how the Duke’s eyes “would light up” when they discussed competitions or went out practising carriage driving.
She said: “After a competition, he would always ask how it went.
“His eyes would light up because he just gets so excited when he talks about it.
“When we would go carriage driving, he would take me on a different route every day, I do not know how he managed to do that, and tell me all sorts of anecdotes about anything and everything.”
In heartfelt praise, Louise added: “He is honestly one of the most interesting people I have ever met.”
Speaking to the camera, the 17-year-old also revealed she has taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.
Among her reasons to take on this challenge, she said she also wanted to make her grandfather proud.
She said: “There was certainly an element of making my grandfather proud and honouring him by taking part in the award that has been so much of his life’s work.
“I definitely hope I have made him proud.”
Lady Louise is the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest granddaughter and 16th-in-line to the throne.
Sophie and Prince Edward decided against giving her and her brother James, Viscount Severn, a royal title but as grandchildren of the sovereign they can still pick it up after turning 18 – a milestone Lady Louise will reach on November 8.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, in the summer of 2020, Sophie discussed Louise’s future, saying: “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.”
At the moment, Louise is focusing on her studies at St Mary’s Ascot, a single-sex independent boarding school.