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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, has told how her "very private" daughter, Lady Louise Windsor has shunned social media.

In an interview with Naga Munchetty for BBC Radio 5 Live, Sophie added that while she and her husband, Prince Edward, are "protective" of Lady Louise, they realise she has to be allowed to “live her life” at 17.

On her daughter’s social media stance, she said it had been “purely” the teenager’s choice adding: “I wouldn't deny her going onto it. But she's not really that interested in it.

“There's a few platforms that she talks to her friends on. But that's basically it. She doesn't put anything out about herself at all.

Sophie Wessex spoke of her daughter Lady Louise in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live
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"She's very private. She's got her eyes fairly wide open."

Sophie, who also has a son, James, 13, with Edward, revealed she has the usual worries a parent has for their child.

She said: "Inevitably there will be moments that, you know, may not go so well for her. I just hope we can be there to support her through those moments.

Lady Louise Windsor isn't on social media and is 'very private', her mum said
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“I would hope that she can go on with her studies, which I think she probably will want to do, and I hope that she and her friends will protect her from anything that somebody might want to do.

"But I have to let her live her life. It's not mine to live. I can only equip her the best that I can, and then she has to make her own choices.

“But I hope for the next few years, at least, she will still be able to be as private as she wants to be."

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The interview comes after the Countess, who is known to have a close relationship with the Queen, revealed the deep grief she and the royal family have felt since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.

In footage from the interview with Ms Munchetty, Sophie became visibly emotional discussing the "giant-sized hole" now left in the family.

She added that the waves of grief she feels for her late father-in-law are similar to those felt when her own mother died.

Prince Philip sadly died earlier this year
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“I had the same thing when I lost my mother, I'd be fine, absolutely fine, fine, fine, and something happens or you hear a piece of music or you'd do something and suddenly you'd get taken off on the knees,” she recalled.

"So there will be lots of moments like that, but it's good to remember."

There were lighter moments during the wide-ranging interview, however.

Sophie spoke of how Prince Philip was “so pleased” when Lady Louise showed an interest in his pastime, carriage driving.

Philip was known for his love of the sport, which he took up in his fifties and continued until he was forced to retire when he was in his nineties.

She said: "He was so pleased when she took the sport up.

"He was really encouraging of Louise and when she not only said: 'Can I have a go?', but then showed a flair for it, he was just brilliant with her."