Prince Edward opens up on daughter Lady Louise’s ‘pain’ over GCSEs – ‘Taken away’

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The Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest child highlighted the struggles of online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. He admitted his eldest child, Lady Louise Windsor, would rather return to school with her classmates, while his youngest, James, Viscount Severn, is enjoying his virtual lessons.

The Earl of Wessex told Sky News: “The eldest one Louise, she had her GCSEs interrupted last year, so we went through that whole pain of just having all of that suddenly taken away and so she sort of struggles a bit with the online learning because she’d much prefer to be with everyone.

“My younger one frankly thinks being at home and online is fantastic.

“I have to say half term came at just the right time because it was very interesting the frustrations that were beginning to show – and I reckon we weren’t the only family to have experienced that.

“I count our blessings that we’re lucky where we are.”

Edward, his wife Sophie, and their two children have been isolating together at Bagshot Park in Surrey since Christmas.

Sophie opened up about Lady Louise and James’ future in the Firm and her decision not to use HRH styling in a June 2020 interview.

She told the Times: “We try to bring them up with the understanding they are very likely to have to work for a living.

“Hence we made the decision not to use HRH titles.

“They have them and can decide to use them from 18, but I think it’s highly unlikely.”

HeirPod host Omid Scobie and ABC News Foreign Correspondent Maggie Rulli commented on the couple’s choice, hailing Sophie over “a really healthy approach to parenting” as a member of the Royal Family.

Mr Scobie told listeners: “That need for a title has almost become a bit unnecessary.

“In fact, we’ve even seen some pushback from the Wessexes recently.

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“Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, said in a Times interview recently that they’re raising their children from a very young age to know that they’re going to have to go out in the real world and get jobs.

“I think that’s a really healthy approach to parenting as a royal.”

Ms Rulli weighed in on the subject, claiming that having diversity within the Firm was positive.

She said: “Even if the Royal Family lasts forever, it also just probably makes people more well-rounded, which can never be a bad thing.

“They have to know what the world is like if they actually want to be a part of it and contribute to it.

“So I think it’s good that there’s a mix of royals that have titles and don’t have titles, that have different roles.

“There’s a lot of ways to be successful and make an impact.”

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