Here’s how Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton did in their A Levels

With private educations and millions of pounds behind them you’d expect the royals to do pretty well at school.

But while some did as well as you may think, others achieved just a handful of qualifications – and one particularly high profile royal achieved none.

Despite having what has been described as an "aptitude for learning", The Queen didn’t have time for formal schooling, having to instead learn the constitutional monarchy ropes from a young age.

In contrast, her children and grandchildren have enjoyed a more "normal" education – and varying degrees of success to show for it.


So how do the royals "qualifications" measure up?

Prince William

From 1990, William attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire for five years until he started at Eton College in 1995 where he took his GCSEs and A Levels.

He left Eton in 2000 achieving an A in Geography B Art and C Biology.

Like many students, The Duke of Cambridge chose to have a gap year before beginning his university course in order to travel and gain a variety of new experiences.

He went on to gain a 2:1 degree in Geography at St Andrews University in Scotland, which is where he met his wife.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate achieved 11 GCSEs at St. Andrew’s School in Pangbourne in 1995 and then went on to Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she achieved As in Maths and Art, and a B in English.

Leaving Marlborough College in July 2000, The Duchess of Cambridge undertook a gap year in which she studied at the British Institute in Florence, undertook a Raleigh International programme in Chile, and crewed on Round the World Challenge boats in the Solent.

Kate graduated from St Andrews University in 2005 with a 2:1 in History of Art

Prince Harry

Probably one of the least academic achievers is Prince Harry, who studied at Eton, gaining 11 GCSE’s and a B in Art and D in Geography in his A Levels.

On the royal’s website it simply says: "His Royal Highness went on to Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSEs and A Levels."

On William’s it outlines the three A Levels he took.

Harry had plenty of successes though throughout his education and during his time at Eton, he was House Captain of Games and represented the school at rugby, cricket and polo, and was a member of the Combined Cadet Force.

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He left in 2003 and joined the Army, but before doing so, he spent a year travelling to Australia, Argentina and Africa, where he made a documentary about the plight of orphans in Lesotho.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle

Meghan began her secondary education at Immaculate Heart High School in 1992 where she was known as a hard working and focused student.

During her high school years, The Duchess of Sussex performed in theatrical productions at both Immaculate Heart and Loyola High School.

Her former drama teacher, Gigi Perreau, who directed Meghan in seven plays, remembered that her former student "sparkled."

She said: "You see someone nice to the other kids, who gets good grades, doesn’t say anything bad about anybody."

America does not test students using GCSEs or A Levels, and it is has not been reported what Meghan got on her SATs (which is the test students take as an entry into university) but it is known that she got the grades she needed to get into university.

She went on gain a double major in Theatre and International Relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2003.

During her time at university, The Duchess completed an internship at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she learned to speak Spanish. She also studied French for six years.

The Queen

She’s met politicians and film stars, speaks French fluently, loves to colour block and still rides a horse at 91 years of age, but the Queen has never sat an academic exam in her life meaning she hasn’t a single GCSE or A Level (O Levels back then) to

In her early childhood, the Queen was taught by a governess from 9.30am until 11am.

Following the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in 1938, Elizabeth needed to prepare herself for her future role and received lessons on constitutional history from the vice provost of Eton, Henry Marten.

"The Queen’s father had disliked school and her mother thought it was more important to have fun,’ Professor Kate Williams, author of Young Elizabeth told Good Housekeeping .

"Unlike her father, the Queen was and is very bright and had an appetite for learning as well as a razor sharp memory.

"The lack of a formal education didn’t harm her as she’s naturally analytical and something of an autodidact, as well as being hard working – which we know now is just as important as raw brainpower."

Prince Charles

Prince Charles was educated at Gordonstoun where he achieved five O-levels (GCSEs) and two A-levels – a B in History and a C in French C.

He then went on to Cambridge University where he achieved a 2:2 degree in History

Legend has it his bodyguard who was present at all lectures with the young prince sat the exams too – and got a First.

Princes Diana

Princess Diana met with less success and failed all her O-levels, twice.

However she apparently excelled in deportment, having attended finishing school in Switzerland.

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, attended Benenden school in Kent where she gained six O-levels, and three A-levels in English, History and Politics.

While Prince Andrew attended Gordonstoun like his older brother, his academic choices were much like Anne’s – six O-levels and A-levels in English, History and Politics.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Prince Edward also went to Gordonstoun and has nine O-levels, three A-levels in English, History and Politics.

He then gained a 2:2 degree in History from Cambridge University.

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Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice

It’s Princess Eugenie who is probably the cleverest royal (in terms of grades) whose two As in Art and English Literature and a B in History of Art, beating older sister Beatrice, who received an A in Drama and Bs in History and Film Studies.

Beatrice went on to get a 2:1 from Goldsmith’s in History of Ideas.

Eugenie studied English Literature, History of Art and Politics at Newcastle and graduated at the end of her three-year course in 2012 with a 2:1, though there are reports her application was only considered because of her royal status.

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