Inside life of most down-to-earth royal… second-hand car funded by £7-an-hour job to refusing ‘attention-seeking’ title | The Sun
THERE'S not much that's 'low-key' about the Royal Family – but one of its youngest members is resisting its traditional pomp.
Lady Louise Windsor, the granddaughter of the late Queen Elizabeth, is following in the footsteps of her down-to-earth parents, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.
This week the King's 19-year-old niece was spotted driving a second-hand Volkswagen Polo – which a source tells The Sun she saved up for while working at a local garden centre, earning £6.83 an hour.
Her job responsibilities included working the tills, greeting customersand pruning the plants, with an onlooker claiming she was "polite and attentive" and "seemed to be loving the job".
Our insider says: "The idea of taking a summer job came from Louise herself, who had been saving for her first car which she could use to practice on the private roads of the Windsor estate.
"The amount she saved from her first job was matched by her parents, and she bought a second-hand blue VW Polo and went on to pass her driving test first time."
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Louise left school last year with four A-Levels in English, History, Politics and Drama, which secured her a spot studying an English degree at St Andrews University, where Prince William and Kate Middleton met.
Taking up a part-time summer job was her idea – encouraged by her mother Sophie, who had a successful career in PR before her marriage to Prince Edward.
Sophie did not go to university after leaving West Kent College, where she trained as a secretary, but was keen to see her daughter pursue a more academic path.
In an interview three years ago, Sophie said: “I hope she goes to university. I wouldn't force her, but if she wants to. She's quite clever.”
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