Sophie added: “Louise would take herself off on her bike, and James is very self-motivated to get out, so actually, it was never a struggle.
“There were certainly moments when I think we all felt a bit low.
“But then you have to sit there and go, hang on – look at our wonderful surroundings, we are very, very lucky, and so many other people are not in that situation. Had we been sitting in an apartment, you know in a tenement block… My heart goes out to people in that situation.”
Explaining the Queen’s soft spot for Louise and James, a royal source previously 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.”