The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will face a difficult decision in the next few years when they decide whether to send their children off to boarding school, a royal expert has claimed.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are currently pupils at Thomas’s Battersea, a private school in London, but Kate and William will have to decide what they will do afterwards.
The school offers education until the age of 13, but the couple may decide to send them off to secondary school earlier.
Wills was sent to boarding school when he was just eight, and loved his time there – making friends for life.
They saw a lot of their parents, and Diana went to visit them every weekend.
Majesty Magazine’s Ingrid Seward tells OK! magazine that she believes Kate and William will make the decision based on each individual child, but believes they will happily break from the royal boarding school tradition.
She said: “Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the decision very carefully. I think they’ll wait to see how the children’s personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home.
“Having experienced terrible trauma in his own childhood, William is very tuned in to his children’s mental health.
“We’re used to seeing the royals breaking with tradition these days so it won’t be a huge shock if they do things their way. I think William and Kate’s view will be, if the children are happy in their school, why change things.”
But she believes Kate and William may favour the boarding school option, as it means he’ll be able to live in that bubble away from the royal spotlight.
She adds: “If I was Kate though, I’d feel more secure if George, as heir to the throne, was tucked away at boarding school. He’ll have more freedom there and he’ll be very protected from any outside dangers.”
Prince Charles and Princess Diana opted to sent William and brother Harry to Ludgrove School in Berkshire, and they both boarded from a young age.
The Wales boys loved their time at the school, a stark contrast to Charles – who attended Gordonstoun in Scotland in line with his father Prince Philip’s wishes – and described the experience as “disastrous”.
However, Ingrid also notes that the Cambridge children seem to have different personalities – with George more shy than his little sister Charlotte.
She said: “Charlotte appears very confident and would suit the boarding school environment.
“But George is a shy little boy, so he might not have the right character for it just yet. William was very boisterous at six, but perhaps George is more like his grandfather Charles, who was quite the shrinking violet.”