Sophie, Countess of Wessex made ‘obvious’ parenting choice to be closer to children

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Prince Edward, 56, are the parents of two children. The royals are thought to have a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, 94.

In fact, the Wessexes live near one of the Queen’s favourite residences, Windsor Castle.

Sophie and Prince Edward welcomed their first children, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, in 2003.

Four years later, their youngest child James, Viscount Severn, 12, was born.

The family all live at Bagshot Park which is not far from the Queen’s Windsor Castle residence.

While the royals have had the choice of any school to attend, Sophie’s focus may have been on finding one close to home.

Lady Louise reportedly studied at St George’s School, which is a mixed independent school based at Windsor Castle.

While they are now thought to have moved school, James also attended the establishment.

Not only was it close to home, the family may have taken more opportunities to see the Queen due to its close proximity with her home.

The Countess of Wessex may have also veered away from boarding schools, according to education expert and the founder of Murray Morrison.

He said: “Certainly many families looking at private schools tend to favour options that are local.

“The trend of sending one’s children away to boarding schools on the other side of the country feels a bit old-fashioned now.

“Families realise the greater benefits of closeness: the ability to have more weekends together and to be able to attend events like concerts and plays.”

While royals have attended boarding schools in the past, Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn, are thought to only be day students.

Murray continued: “Given the Wessexes spend a good deal of their time in the area around Windsor and Ascot, and the range of excellent schools nearby, it seems an obvious choice for them.”

Earlier this year, Sophie gave a rare interview where she opened up about her children.

She explained the importance of giving them a normal upbringing, which includes attending a normal school.

“They go to a regular school. They go to friends for sleepovers and parties,” Sophie told The Sunday Times Magazine.

“At weekends we do lots of dog walking and stay with friends.

“I guess not everyone’s grandparents live in a castle, but where you are going is not the important part, or who they are.

“When they are with the Queen, she is their grandmother.”

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