She said: “The poor Queen has had to put up with us staying on much longer than anybody else in Scotland and Norfolk.”
James and Louise are also believed to be fond of their time in Scotland with the Queen.
According to a royal insider, the young royals “relish” their time and activities there.
The source told the Sun: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.
“Louise also endeared herself to everyone by looking after William and Kate’s children when they were up here.
“Louise loves drawing and sketching and was very patiently trying to get Charlotte to do pictures of rabbits and deer.”
Given Louise has “obvious artistic skills”, the source added the Queen granted a major honour to her youngest granddaughter.
Moreover, James is said to have picked up fly-fishing over the past few years – a sport loved by both the Queen Mother and taken on by Prince Philip after he could no longer shoot.
Another source told the Sun: “[James’s] enthusiasm for fly-fishing delighted Her Majesty because it’s a sport beloved of James’ great-granny, the late Queen Mother.
“James was in the Dee as often as possible, waders up to his armpits.
“His mother Sophie, who was a keen fisherwoman herself, liked to stand with him.
“The Balmoral ghillies [gamekeepers] were impressed by both of them.”
Prince Edward and Sophie have been full-time working royals since the early 2000s but they became increasingly beloved among members of the public in recent years.
In January 2020, after Meghan and Prince Harry announced their intention to step back as senior members of the Firm, the Wessexes were tipped by many commentators as the best candidates to pick up the work and patronages the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would leave behind after their exit.
“People may pay more attention to what I am doing, but I remain as busy as I have ever been.”
Sophie joined the Royal Family by marriage in 1999 and steadily gained the trust of her mother-in-law the Queen to the point many royal watchers believes she has become one of Her Majesty’s closest confidantes.
According to an insider, the Queen favours Sophie when she needs to pick a person to accompany her to church while at Sandringham or Balmoral because she finds the Countess’ presence “soothing”.
“She is like another daughter to Her Majesty, they are that close.”
Following the death of Prince Philip in April, the key bond between the Wessexes and the Queen became apparent, with Sophie and Edward being trusted to speak to the press about how Her Majesty was doing and how the Duke passes away.
Moreover, the Countess could release to the media a very intimate picture of the Queen and Prince Philip at Balmoral she had taken herself.
As a testament to her affection for the Duke of Edinburgh, Sophie broke down in tears in June during an emotional interview with the BBC while she was discussing the “giant-sized hole in our lives” left by Prince Philip’s death.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK