The name of James Mountbatten-Windsor, the youngest grandson of Queen Elizabeth and said to be her favorite, turned 15 this December 17. The teenager gained popularity for his participation in his grandmother’s funeral ceremonies.
James is the youngest son of Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, Sophia. Although by his parents’ decision he does not hold royal titles nor is he treated as “His Highness”, he does have another somewhat peculiar appointment, he is known as Viscount Severn. He is also the brother of Lady Louise, the 18-year-old, who is also said to be the favorite granddaughter of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
What is the controversy with James Viscount Severn?
Although the young man leads a relatively quiet life, busy in his studies at Eagle House School, a preparatory school near Sandhurst, in Berkshire. At the age of 11, his name made headlines for being the protagonist of a controversy.
The Wessex family lives in Bagshot Park near Windsor Castle, the place that had become Queen Elizabeth’s official residence. There, James was captured driving one of the royal family’s Land Rovers, specifically his father’s.
The British media did not take long to qualify the fact as inappropriate due to his age, despite the fact that he was accompanied by his mother at the time of driving. However, his public appearances are so rare that little is said about that moment.
After his participation in the funeral of his grandmother, in which he paid tribute to her by making the guard of honor, it is likely that in the coming years he will take a more active role in the monarchy, considering that his father was appointed advisor to King Charles.