'Unlike William and Harry, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex had to get the right qualifications'

For children and teenagers across the country, it’s time to head back to school or university.

But when it comes to education, are things are a bit different for the Royal Family?

While both the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex were educated at top public school Eton College, neither got straight As.

William got a three A-levels - As in geography and history of art and a C in biology - then went on to get a 2:1 degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, while Harry got two A-Levels, a B in art and a D in geography before completing his training as an army officer at Sandhurst.

But royal credentials can still get you far, even if you haven’t got the grades, royal commentator Omid Scobie tells Yahoo UK’s The Royal Box.

Discussing the achievements of the princes wives, the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex, Scobie points out that they both had to “earn their place”.

Kate got two As in A-level maths and art and a B in English before graduating from St Andrews - the same university as her husband - with a 2:1 in History of Art, while Meghan Markle graduated from Northwestern University with a double major in Theatre and International Relations.

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FIFE, SCOTLAND - JUNE 23: Prince William with his father, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall leave William's  graduation ceremony at the University Of St Andrews on June 15, 2005 in St Andrew's, Scotland. The Prince  receives his 2:1 Master Of Arts (Honours) Degree in Geography at Scotland's oldest university, marking the end of his university education. (Photo by Anwar Hussein )
Prince William graduated from the University Of St Andrews with a 2:1 in Geography (Picture: Anwar Hussein )

“They had to go and earn their place in the working world, they had to get the right qualifications,” says Scobie.

“With William - I think he got ABC in his A-levels - for most people that wouldn’t get you into St Andrew’s. For him it did.”

But he said Meghan and Harry’s son Archie’s life would be different from his father’s, and from his cousins’, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

“He doesn’t have the title, he really doesn’t have the same bump-up that maybe perhaps the Cambridge children do.

“He will have to go out and earn his place in society and education is very much part of that.

“Regardless of your grades you do need to be well-read, articulate, you need to have knowledge of the world, and that...means being out there in the real world and learning.”

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Helen Haslem, head of the lower school and Britain's Prince William hold Prince George's hands as he arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, London, September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool
Is education as important for Prince George as other children his age, Yahoo UK's The Royal Box discusses (Picture: REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool)

But while getting good grades might be a priority for some, ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship tells The Royal Box why he thinks it might not be top of the list for the royal family.

“I think if I was a member of the Royal household I think I would probably acknowledge that I wouldn’t really have to get good grades because I could probably get into the university I wanted to go to and probably end up doing the job I was destined to do since I was born, so maybe there is a slightly different approach,” he says.