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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, and Prince Edward, 56, have two teenage children – Lady Louise Windsor, 17, and James, Viscount Severn, 13. Lady Louise and James spent Christmas at home with their parents but may have looked forward to returning to class in the New Year. However, a new national lockdown means the young royals will be stuck at home as is the case for pupils across the country.
Other royal parents affected by the school closures are the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, 39, and husband Mike, 42.
The couple have two daughters – Lena, two, and Mia, six – and are currently expecting their third child together.
Zara and Mike live in Gloucestershire on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park Estate and their eldest daughter Mia attends school nearby.
However, following the Government’s announcement of a new national lockdown, pupils are expected to remain at home until after the February half-term.
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Mia’s father Mike opened up about the struggles of homeschooling during the first lockdown back in May.
At the time, the former England rugby captain told the Telegraph that he and Zara hoped to send Mia back to school as soon as they reopened.
He said: “Zara still has hopes that the horses will get back, they still need training and working on, so I get to be a teacher in the mornings which is sometimes really nice, sometimes really frustrating.”
He added: “I don’t think any child is a great homeschooler because they definitely listen to other people better than they listen to their parents.”
Mike added: “[Mia] can be brilliant one minute and then something you’ve seen her do a thousand times she’ll just go ‘I don’t know how to do that’ and then you go ‘well I know you do’, and she’ll just say ‘no I don’t’ and then you get frustrated, and you’re trying not to get frustrated.”
They are not the only royals due to miss out on school as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William’s two eldest – Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, will also be unable to return to class this month.
Sophie and Edward’s children will also not return to school. The family are to be based in Surrey at the Bagshot Park royal residence in the coming weeks.
Lady Louise is currently studying for her A-Levels and may have her sights set on attending university.
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Sophie and Prince Edward have raised their children out of the royal limelight but last year the countess touched on her future hopes for Lady Louise’s education.
The proud countess expressed her wishes for her “clever” daughter to attend university one day.
Sophie said: “She’s working hard and will do A-levels.
“I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”
Sophie and Edward travelled to Norfolk with their children ahead of Christmas.
They were photographed out walking in the grounds of the Sandringham Estate where they visited a light trail with the Cambridge family.
Norfolk was plunged into Tier 4 on Boxing Day but Sophie, Edward and their children are believed to have returned to Surrey in the interim.
Lady Louise is a pupil at private girls school St Mary’s Ascot while James attends
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