During one of his last royal outings, the whole family went litter picking on a Southsea beach last September, being photographed with garbage bags and graber tools in hand.
In a recent interview, his mother Sophie Wessex portrayed him as an “outdoorsy” child even during quarantine.
“James is very self-motivated to get out, so actually, it was never a struggle,” said Sophie.
However, Royal Expert Camilla Tominey has suggested both James and Louise will take on a more prominent role in The Firm.
She wrote in The Telegraph: “Having carried out a number of recent engagements as a family, including litter picking on Southsea beach last September, it seems inevitable that they will take an increasingly high-profile role as their parents continue to ‘step up’ in the absence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York.”
Just like Lady Louise and Kate Middleton, James will join the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award next year but is only set to take a decision on his royal title at 18.
Following the stepback of the Sussexes and Prince Andrew from public duties, James’ parents have been left with many royal engagements to care for.
The amount of work available means having Louise and James as official royal highnesses could be helpful to the Queen.
“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.
“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but it’s highly unlikely.”
As of December 2020, James was 12th in line to the throne with his older sister right behind him.
If he was born after 2011, he would have been behind his sister, due to the introduction of the Succession to the Crown Act, which officially ended the rule that male offspring takes precedence over females in the line of succession.
Following the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lili, Princess Beatrice’s daughter and Princess Eugenie’s son August, James is now 15th in line to the throne.
Published at Sat, 25 Sep 2021 01:01:00 +0000