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Prince Harry is one of Queen Elizabeth’s eight grandchildren. He was born into a life of luxury and privilege most people could only dream about. While Harry is similar to his brother, Prince William, and their cousins, he also stands out in one way. Harry, in fact, has the least formal education out of all of the queen’s adult grandchildren.

Prince Harry
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Prince Harry went to a military academy instead of a university

Harry attended elite private schools for much of his childhood, including the prestigious Eton College, which his brother also went to.

While many people who graduated from Eton went on to attend universities, Harry decided to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst instead. He spent almost a year in training before joining the Blues and Royals regiment in the British Army.

Afterward, Harry wanted to serve his country on the front line with his fellow soldiers. As a result, he was deployed to Afghanistan a few times from 2007 to 2013. However, because of his high-profile status, he could only serve for a few months at a time before his presence got discovered and he had to leave.

While a lot of people have college memories to look back on, Harry has his military days. He often talks positively about his experience in the army and the camaraderie he established with the other soldiers. It’s clear the military was a great fit for Harry, and he thrived in its environment.

Queen Elizabeth’s other adult grandchildren all have university degrees

Unlike Harry, however, Queen Elizabeth’s other adult grandchildren have all received higher education degrees at various universities.

William, for example, attended the University of St. Andrews after graduating from Eton. This was also where he met his future wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. After graduating from St. Andrews, William went to Sandhurst and became a pilot in the air force.

Meanwhile, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall — children of Princess Anne — both attended the University of Exeter. Peter and Zara are skilled athletes, so they studied sports-related majors. Peter got a degree in sports science, while Zara became qualified as a physiotherapist.

Prince Andrew’s children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, attended different universities. Beatrice went to Goldsmiths College, London and studied history. Eugenie attended the University of Newcastle and studied English literature and art history.

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The queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, has two kids: Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. However, Louise is 17 and James is 13, so they have not embarked on any higher education career yet.

Louise is quite close to being an adult, and her mother, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, did open up about her university prospect in an interview with The Sunday Times in June 2020.

“She’s working hard and will do A-levels,” Sophie said. “I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”