Queen Elizabeth's Youngest Grandchildren Louise and James Have No Plans to Use Their Royal Titles
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has revealed that the Queen’s youngest grandchildren will not be using their royal titles in the future.
Since she got married to Prince Edward in 1999, Sophie Rhys-Jones has become a fan favorite of royal observers.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex opens the new Centenary Play Park during a visit to RAF Wittering on April 24, 2019 in Peterborough, England | Photo: Getty Images
The Countess of Wessex recently gave those observers something to think about after she divulged to The Times that her children will not make use of their HRH royal titles as adults.
The news came after the Queen talked to Meghan and Harry about their future following the duo’s announcement to step away as senior members of the royal family.
The Wessexs feed a giraffe as they visit The Wild Place Project at Bristol Zoo on July 23, 2019 in Bristol, England | Photo: Getty Images
Sophie explained that despite being in the eyes of the public, she and her husband decided to raise 16-year-old Lady Louise Windsor and 12-year-old James, Viscount Severn, as children with “normal lives.” With that in mind, the 55-year-old told the news outlet that:
“We try to bring them up with the understanding that they are very likely to have to work for a living. Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.”
Although she noted that the duo could decide to use the titles when they become 18, but she doubted it would ever happen.
While some people were taken aback by the news, Us Magazine pointed out that it won’t be the first time that a royal offspring would choose not to use their HRH titles.
The eldest grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne’s children - Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall - also decided to discard their royal titles.
Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips at the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England | Photo: Getty Images
Meanwhile, People reported that Meghan Markle had gotten some support from Sophie, who said it took her five years to adjust to being a member of the royal family.
The mother of two and Meghan happen to share a close relationship and some similarities, including the fact that they both came from middle-class families before they became royals.
Just like Sophie’s children, Prince Harry and Meghan stopped using their HRH titles after they officially stepped down from the royal family at the end of March.
Even though they announced the decision in January, it seemed that dropping their HRH titles was always part of their plan as Time reported that their son, Archie, has no HRH title attached to his name.
The site pointed out that when he was first introduced to the world in 2019, his parents omitted the Earl of Dumbarton title that he is entitled to. Many have assumed that Harry and Meghan’s actions seemed in line with their plans to give their children a “normal life.”