William, 36, mingles with parents at Prince George’s Thomas’s Battersea school
New reports claim he even works out with mums after doing the school drop off
He attends the Chelsea Harbour Club where Diana used to go in the nineties
The Duke of Cambridge has been taking the opportunity to combine the school run with getting fit.
According to Vanity Fair, the royal – who shares the daily school run with Kate – is very ‘chatty’ with the other parents at Prince George’s prestigious Thomas’s Battersea school in Wandsworth.
And he’s even spent several mornings working out with other mums at exclusive gym, the Chelsea Harbour Club.
The fitness centre was a regular haunt for his mother Diana in the 1990s, who was often seen there in her gym kit, after her marriage to Prince Charles collapsed.
Speaking to the publication’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, a source said: ‘Either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly.
‘William particularly loves to have a chat with some of the other parents and he works out with some of the mums at the Harbour Club after drop off. He’s very chatty and amiable.’
Speaking about young George, 5, they added: ‘He’s very popular and has lots of friends, and there’s very little fuss made about who he is.’
A source first told the Mail On Sunday in October 2017 that William signed up to the gym, and he reportedly even asked staff if they still made the special cookies Diana used to buy him as a treat when they went there together.
‘He visited the cafe and told staff that Diana would buy a cookie for him as a treat if he’d been behaving well,’ a source said at the time.
‘The chefs started flapping, saying they’d find the recipe and rustle one up right away, but he said he didn’t want any special treatment.’
Despite William’s fond memories, the gym was the scene of some harrowing experiences for the young princes and their mother.
In 2017 Prince Harry recalled a painful episode which occurred with Diana at the club in the nineties, in a BBC documentary.
He said: ‘She was so fed up with being chased … on the way to the Harbour Club, she jumped out of the car, and went running up to these guys and shouted and screamed at them while they took photographs of her.
‘All I could hear was screaming. William and I looked at each other and stared out of the window. It was hard.’
Prince George attends Thomas’s Battersea, a family-run establishment situated in an old grammar school in a well-to-do area of London, nicknamed Nappy Valley because of the large number of affluent families that live there.
Thomas’s has been described by the Good Schools Guide as a ‘big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy.
Its website describes it as a ‘busy, thriving purposeful school’ which has 540 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13, and its alumni include Cara Delevingne and Florence Welch.
The exclusive Harbour Club gym where ladies go to lunch
The gym boasts three chains in Notting Hill, Kensington and Chelsea – the branch Prince William reportedly visits.
The joining fee is £1500, and a standard membership varies from £176- 299. Children can be added for a cost of £52 for those aged 0-4, and £70 for those aged 5-15.
Facilities include a full range of holistic, aerobic and dance classes, a state of the art gym, a 25 metre pool, a Pilates studio, tennis facilities, a spa, a sauna, a steam room, and a creche.
It also boasts a luxury restaurant and bar, a family lounge, an adult and Business lounge and complimentary ELEMIS products.
Further beauty, holistic and medical treatments such as physiotherapy are also available at an extra cost.
Children can attend children’s yoga and swimming classes, enjoy a waterfall splash pool for under-threes, as well as have access to Harbour Active room for arts and crafts.
The club is reportedly a favourite for Chelsea mums to meet for lunch.
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