Lady Louise Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter, spent the summer working near a minimum wage job at a garden shop.
The teenager accepted the position as she awaited her high school diploma. Her grades got her into St. Andrews University in Scotland, where she would study English.
Lady Louise, the daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, would be following in the footsteps of her cousin Prince William by attending the same school as him. The Duke of Cambridge graduated from St Andrews University in 2005, when he met his future wife, Kate Middleton.
Due to her social standing, the revelation of the young queen working at a garden store has aroused suspicions among Britons. A shopper at the garden center stated that seeing someone from the Royal Family working there was strange: “I never thought I’d see a Queen’s grandchild working in a garden center.”
After graduating from high school, Her Royal Highness worked at the unidentified facility several days a week. She allegedly assisted by trimming and potting plants, welcoming clients, and working on the tills.
Nonetheless, Lady Lousie’s endeavor has sparked skepticism among British residents, notably one client who was served by her, who expressed “I had to look again because I couldn’t believe it was Lady Lousie.”
Nevertheless, Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, thought it was good that the youngster chose to earn a regular job before embarking on the next chapter of her life in varsity, just like her peers. Seward praised Her Majesty’s “granddaughter rolled up her sleeves and got her hands filthy in a summer labor.”
Interestingly, the minimum salary for 18-year-olds is $8 per hour, which Lady Lousie supposedly makes.
Aside from being self-sufficient, the Wessexes’ eldest child required extensive eye surgery when she was just 18 months old. Lady Lousie was born with esotropia, a rare eye disorder.
The disorder causes strabismus, or one eye turning inwards, as per the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. Sophie, the teen’s mom, previously told the Sunday Express that esotropia affects preterm children since the eyes are the last to develop during pregnancy.
The Countess of Wessex’s daughter underwent eye surgery to enhance her vision. But, the procedure proved ineffective. Sophie noted that Lady Lousie’s crossed eye was severe even as a baby.
She said that the issue took time to correct, and that they had to ensure that one eye did not grow more dominant than the other.
Nonetheless, the adoring mother made certain that her kid was given a second opportunity at the procedure. That happened in 2014, when Lousie was just 10 years old, and it was fruitful.
Other therapies, such as “glasses and patching,” are available to the Royal Family instead of surgery.
Lady Lousie has a younger brother called James Viscount Severn, who is 16th in line to the British throne. The royal siblings are expected to spend their lives as adults, free of their titles, as per their mom.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, stated in June 2020 that she doubted her children would use their HRH titles when they grew up.
Despite their royal rank, she and her spouse, Earl of Wessex, resolved to provide their children a “regular” childhood. The mom of two said that her children were raised with the understanding that they would have to work to make a life.
Sophie remarked that, while her son and daughter have their titles, they can use them autonomously beginning at the age of eighteen. However, she believes it is exceedingly improbable.
The former secretary noted that her kids attend regular school, attend friends’ parties, and have sleepovers. In addition, the four-person family walks their beloved dogs on weekends.
Sophie highlighted that, while not every grandparent “lives in a castle,” “where you are going, or who they are,” she remarked, adding that while her kids are with the queen, she is just “their grandma.”
According to a royal insider, the monarch adores Lousie, and the two appear to have built a strong friendship during their visit to Balmoral in September 2019.
Her Majesty and her granddaughter spent three days together and even went horseback riding together. According to the source, Her Majesty was pleased that both her granddaughter and grandson enjoyed their time at the Scottish estate. The Queen has become especially close to Lousie, who appears to be her favorite granddaughter.
Lady Lousie’s closeness with the royal grandmother was revealed in May 2022, when the Queen made a public visit to support her after months of shortages.
The monarch went to the Royal Windsor Horse Show to see her favorite granddaughter compete in the horse riding carriage. In a carriage show, the Fell Pony Society celebrated its centennial.
Lady Lousie, like her world-famous grandmother, enjoys horses and has been spotted horseback riding around the Queen of England’s various properties.
In an interview, royal historian Marlene Koenig commended the Queen’s bond with the Wessex children, saying that the oldest child of the Earl and Countess was equally as loyal to her late grandpa, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Notice how well the Queen gets along with Lady Lousie and Viscount Severn. They’re quite close, and Lousie was very close to her grandpa, according to the royal expert.