Prince Louis has continued his reputation as a royal scene thief that began during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, winning over royal fans with his cheeky Christmas debut at King Charles’ Sandringham celebrations.
The four-year-old prince attended the traditional royal Christmas service at St Mary Magdalene Church for the first time this year, accompanying the King and Queen Camilla along with William, Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and other members of the royal family.
After the service, the royals met with members of the public who gathered outside the church for a glimpse of the family, this year Louis holding his mother’s hand.
A number of clips of the prince’s interactions with fans and other royals from the day have gone viral after being shared online.
A TikTok video shared by user aroyalkate, which has been viewed over half a million times, praises Louis as a “little superstar!”
“He’s so cute and full of mischief,” said one commenter, while another drew a comparison between his cheeky antics and those shown during the Platinum Jubilee: “Jubilee Louis has returned!!”
The prince became a viral sensation for his performances at a concert outside Buckingham Palace and a spectacular pageant in honor of the platinum anniversary.
In one prominent moment, the King moved from lap to lap of his family members in the royal box as the three-hour pageant unfolded, finally ending up sitting with his grandfather, then-Prince Charles.
In a more unsettled moment, the prince visibly silenced his mother, sparking a parenting debate online. Mike Tindall, who is married to a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and a retired England rugby captain, later attributed the royal children’s unrest that day to an excess of sugar from backstage candy counts.
Another moment of the royal tour on Christmas Day that prompted royal fans to praise Louis on social media saw the young prince running through the line of family members to present his sister, Princess Charlotte, with a bouquet of flowers from a well-wisher.
Karen Anvil, a member of the public who became a media sensation after photographing William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle together during the 2017 Christmas celebrations, was on hand to capture the moment and posted it on Twitter with the caption : “#PriceLouis running back to Dad and his brother and sister…giving security a heart attack in the process!!!”
In another clip captured by Anvil, Kate received flowers from a young girl who asked her if she was having a nice morning.
“I had a nice morning,” replied the king, adding, “I started quite early this morning!
In addition to the Wales family and the King and Queen, members of the royal family also attended the Christmas service; Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex; Zara and Mike Tindall; Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their families; as well as Princess Margaret’s children – Lord Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto.
One member of the family whose presence caused considerable controversy was Prince Andrew. The king’s career ended in disgrace after a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Jeffrey Epstein’s victim, Virginia Giuffre, in 2021. The king was stripped of his roles and patronage in January before settling the lawsuit out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Despite this, the prince maintains that the claims made against him were false.
Following the service, the King’s first Christmas address as monarch was broadcast, in which he paid a lengthy tribute to his late mother, Queen Elizabeth, and commended communities – be it for those – at a time he described as “great fear and hardship”. around the world facing conflict, famine, or natural disasters, or for those who are finding ways at home to pay their bills and feed and warm their families.”
The royal made reference to William and Kate’s recent visit to Wales during his speech, but made no reference to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the royal family grappled with the fallout from the couple’s hit Netflix documentaries and preventing the release of Harry’s all-encompassing memoir That Will Do This hit shelves on January 10th.
James Crawford Smith is a news week royal reporter based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and read his stories on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook page.
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