Royal commentator Guy Kelly has claimed that the Royal Family will increasingly come to rely on the “middle generation” of younger Royals, as the current key players – such as Princess Anne and Prince Charles – are both getting older. He said that Lady Louise and her younger brother James, Viscount Severn – the children of Edward and Sophie Wessex – are likely to be key players in the new lineup of royals.
According to Mr Kelly, they will be joined by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and Zara Tindall and Peter Philips.
He claimed that Sam and Arthur Chatto, the grandsons of Princess Margaret, along with Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Kingston, the children of Prince Michael of Kent, will also play increasingly prominent roles.
Comparing the Royal Family to a football team, Mr Kelly claimed that the expanded lineup “all comes down to squad depth”.
He wrote: “Ask any top-flight football manager and they’ll tell you: at the end of the day, it all comes down to squad depth.
“The season is long and players need competition to stay hungry, so regular rotation is beneficial. To achieve that you need options.
“On the surface, there isn’t much the Royal family can learn from Premier League gaffers, but squad depth is one area the Prince of Wales should consider.”
He noted that the Royal Family carries out more than 2,000 official engagements each year, with links to as many as 3,000 organisations.
Princess Anne, who undertook 387 engagements last year, is now 71 and Prince Charles is 73.
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“Watching the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coverage, it was clear the talent is right there in the Royal Box, it’s just sitting quietly in the second (or third, or fourth) row, waiting to be called upon.”
Prince Charles is thought to be planning a move to a more “slimmed down” monarchy after he ascends the throne.
The future king reportedly plans to reduce the monarchy to a team of just eight key members, all senior working royals in what has been seen as an attempt to improve the reputation of the monarchy.
Lady Louse Windsor made an appearance at the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, attending the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The daughter of full time working royals, Edward and Sophie, Lady Louise is increasingly being thrust into the spotlight as she gets older.
Speaking about the young royal and her brother, Mr Kelly said they are “ripening for public life”.
He added: “From carriage driving (which she learned from her grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh) to media appearances, Louise, 18, is getting increasingly stuck in.
“At 14, James is probably more concerned with TikTok, but if they’re anything like their mother, by all accounts one of the most reliable and charming royals, they’ll be key assets.”