Royal Family A-level results – how Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Wills did


A-level results day will be a very different event this year, with teens forced to stick to strict social distancing rules as they pick up all those important envelopes. While the logistics are different, the nerves and excitement will be exactly the same as Grade 13’s to find out if their hard work has earned them the college spot of their dreams.

This is something that many of us went through, and whether you were watching that day with joy or sadness, at least we didn’t have to do it with the whole world watching us – what the members are doing. of the royal family.

It’s the added pressure every royal teenager faces on the morning results, and while you’d expect the best education money can buy to guarantee you decent grades, it isn’t always the case.

Princes William and Harry, their wives Kate and Meghan, Charles and Princess Diana have a real variety of A-levels between them.

Prince Harry saying goodbye to Eton College

But despite her “aptitude to learn,” the Queen did not have time to attend formal schooling and instead spent her youth learning the ropes of constitutional monarchy.

On the other hand, her children and grandchildren benefited from a more “normal” education – and varying degrees of success attest to this.

Here’s how they all got along …

Prince William

William started at the famous Eton College in 1995 and remained there for most of his studies.

He got his A-level results in 2000 and his results were pretty mixed.

Prince William studied at Eton College

He earned an A in geography, a B in art and a C in biology.

These grades earned him a place to study art history at St Andrews University in Scotland, but he later switched classes and switched to geography.

Before going to college, William took a year off, spending time traveling to Chile, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.

Wills on his graduation day

He packed his bags and moved to St Andrews in 2001, where he met his future wife Kate Middleton.

He started with a 2: 1.

Prince harry

The Duke of Sussex was not as academic as his older brother and left school with slightly worse grades.

On the royal’s website it simply says, “Her Royal Highness went to Eton College from September 1998 where he took his GCSEs and A. Levels. ”

He obtained a B in Art and a D in Geography in his A Levels.

However, during his time at school Harry excelled in other areas and was a House Captain of Games.

Harry works hard in his dorm in Eton

He also represented the school in rugby, cricket and polo, and was a member of the Combined Cadet Force.

After finishing in 2003, Harry also took a year off, traveling to Australia, Africa and Argentina.

He decided not to go to college and instead joined the army, where he embarked on a successful career.

The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate beat William in their A-Levels, scoring better than him on results day.

A good student from the start, Kate graduated 11 GCSEs from St. Andrew’s School in Pangbourne before joining Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

Kate as sh graduated from St Andrews University with a 2: 1

His hard work earned him an Ace in Math and Art and a B in English in his A-Levels.

Like William, Kate took a year off before starting her birthday and the couple actually took a very similar trip, but their dates didn’t overlap.

Kate graduated from St Andrews University in 2005 with a 2: 1 in art history.

Meghan Markle

As she was educated in the United States, Meghan did not go through the same exam system as other Royals.

Meghan began high school at Immaculate Heart High School in 1992, where she was known as a hardworking and focused student.

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

Her former drama teacher Gigi Perreau, who directed Meghan in seven plays, remembers her former student “bubbling”.

Meghan took a series of different exams

She said, “You see someone who is nice to other kids, who gets good grades, doesn’t say anything bad about anyone. ”

America does not test students using GCSEs or A Levels, and it has not been reported what Meghan scored on her SATs (which are the tests students take to enter college), but we know that she obtained the grades she needed to enter University.

She then completed a double major in Theater and International Relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 2003.

While at the university, the Duchess completed an internship at the United States Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she learned to speak Spanish. She also studied French for six years.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Princess Eugenie is probably the smartest royal (in terms of ratings) whose two Aces in English art and literature and a B in art history beat her older sister Beatrice, who received an A in theater and a Bs in History and Film Studies.

Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York arrive at the British School in Berlin
Béatrice and Eugenie both went to university after obtaining their A-level results

Beatrice, who married earlier this year, got a 2: 1 from Goldsmith’s in History of Ideas.

Eugenie studied English Literature, Art History and Politics in Newcastle and graduated at the end of her three years in 2012 with a 2: 1, although there are reports that her candidacy was only considered because of his royal status.

Prince charles

Prince Charles had a very difficult education for his sons and was sent to the very strict Gordonstoun.

He came away with five O levels (GCSEs) and two A levels – one B in history and one C in French.

The Queen visits Charles on his last day of school

He then went to Cambridge University where he obtained a 2: 2 degree in history.

Legend has it that his bodyguard who was present at all the conferences with the young prince also passed the exams – and got a first one.

princess diana

Princess Diana didn’t do as well in school and failed all of her O-levels twice.

However, she apparently excelled in demeanor, having attended graduation school in Switzerland.

The Queen

She’s met politicians and movie stars, speaks fluent French, loves colorblocks, and still rides a horse at 94, but the Queen has never had an academic exam in her life, which means she does not have a single GCSE or A Level (O Levels at the time) to its name.

Princess Elizabeth, as she was then known, loved to learn

In her early childhood, the queen was taught by a housekeeper from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

“The Queen’s dad didn’t like school and her mom 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 still is very bright and had an appetite for learning as well as a razor sharp memory.

“The lack of a formal education didn’t hurt her as she is naturally analytical and somewhat self-taught, besides being hardworking – what we now know is just as important as the raw brain. “

Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward

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

While Prince Andrew dated Gordonstoun like his older brother, his academic choices were very similar to Anne’s – six O and A levels in English, history and politics.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, Prince Edward also went to Gordonstoun and has nine O levels, three A levels in English, History and Politics.

He then obtained a 2: 2 degree in history from the University of Cambridge.


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