Lady Louise Windsor tipped to 'replace' Prince Harry after 18th birthday

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Lady Louise Windsor is expected to start playing a larger role in the royal family when she turns 18 next week, including reports she will take on some of Prince Harry's positions.

Louise, who is the eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, turns 18 on November 8 and was raised without the title of princess despite being entitled to it as a grandchild of the Queen.

Lady Louise Windsor and prince harry
Lady Louise Windsor is tipped to take over one of Prince Harry's remaining roles once she turns 18. Photos: Getty

But her upcoming birthday sees her become eligible to take on some of the official roles fulfilled by senior members of the royal family, with Prince Harry expected to lose yet another official duty.

According to reports, Harry may soon be stripped of his position as Counsellor of State, which is one of the last duties he has held since his decision to step down as a senior royal and move to the US alongside wife Meghan Markle.

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Now it is believed that Lady Louise could be a candidate to replace the Duke of Sussex in this important role, which would mean the young royal may be asked to stand in for the Queen should she be unable to attend a public engagement. 

The role is currently also held by Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Andrew.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Lady Louise Windsor
Lady Louise Windsor is the eldest child of Prince Edward and Sophie. Photo: Getty
Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex (R) and her daughter Britain's Lady Louise
Louise has only made a few appearances at public engagements throughout her childhood. Photo: Getty

Until now Louise has only made a few appearances at public engagements throughout her childhood.

She spends much of the year at St. Mary's Ascot boarding school in Berkshire, where she is currently studying for her A-Levels.

Once 18, Louise will also get to decide whether she will use the Her Royal Highness title as an adult.

"They have them [HRH titles] and can decide to use them after 18, but I think it is very unlikely," her mother, 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."

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