Kate Middleton has said she’s not sure Prince George “has any idea what’s going to hit him” when he starts his new London preschool in September.
Maybe the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t know what’s going to hit her when she becomes a parent joining in the drop-off/pick-up ritual at her young son’s school.
If she watched HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which had its series finale Sunday night, she would have seen how these daily rituals, especially among the elite classes, can become occasions for gossiping and backstabbing among mothers who have turned parenting into an extreme competitive sport.
And with talk about the creators of “Big Little Lies” wanting to produce a second season of the hit series, maybe they can shift the action away from Monterey and from the characters played by Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz. They could set Season 2 in a posh London preschool and the action could revolve around the extreme social disruption that occurs after a member of a royal family enrolls her son in the school.
“See you at gates,” Kate reportedly said recently to other parents from George’s new school, Thomas’s Battersea School, the Daily Mail reported.
Last week, the duchess, 35, ran into these parents at a high-society viewing of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Kate and George’s father, Prince William, announced several weeks ago that the young prince would attend Thomas’s Battersea School. The school’s motto is “be kind” and its fees cost around $7,400 a term.
But apparently, in the brutal jockeying that takes place among status-conscious parents for preschool eminence, this academic choice didn’t sit well with parents at another preschool the young prince was expected to attend.
Many thought George would go to Wetherby, which is much closer to Kensington Palace than Thomas’s Battersea. Wetherby is also the preschool Prince William and Prince Harry attended when they were George’s age.
Wetherby parents viewed the royal couple’s decision as something of a snub, according to Vanity Fair. That was especially the case for parents at Wetherby’s new satellite campus across the Pond in New York City.
Parents at Wetherby-Pembridge on the Upper East Side were “feeling burned” by the royal couple’s decision, hoping that the prestige of George going to Wetherby in London would “rub off” on the new Manhattan campus.
Surely, when it comes to her son starting a new preschool, Kate has many other things to worry about than these New York parents’ hurt feelings.
As she made her way through the National Portrait Gallery exhibition, the mother of two at least didn’t look worried. She was all smiles and looking lovely as usual, dressed in a stunning green lace gown.
Among the future Thomas’s Battersea School parents the duchess ran into was a man who runs an architecture and design practice. This man was at the exhibition with his wife, an art consultant and collector. Everyone chatted and was friendly, and that’s when Kate apparently said, “See you at the gates.”
But even though she’s married to the second-in-line to the British throne and is one of the most admired and photographed women in the world, Kate must still have some trepidation about joining the mom gauntlet at morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up.
For one thing, you know there will be some social-climbing mothers who will try to suck up to Kate, as she’s waiting for George to emerge from his classroom. They’ll badger her with invitations for playdates and even try to engage her in gossip about other moms’ perceived parental inadequacies.
Then there will be the Boss Moms who will try corral her into co-chairing the annual school fundraiser or into donating some cool item — a gift basket or “experience” (a 10-minute audience with Queen Elizabeth?) — to be auctioned off at the gala event.
But there could be other mothers who will be too shy to approach her, and their stand-offishness would leave Kate feeling isolated. No doubt, there will also be the clique of moms who resent her and assume that, because she’s the future queen of England, she thinks she’s better than everyone else.
Furthermore, there could be the cadre of moms who are among those rebellious Brits who think the monarchy should be abolished.
To deal with these various social minefields, Kate will have to strategize ways to respond. She’ll have to decide what kind of preschool mom she wants to be.
To use “Big Little Lies” as a guide, she could take a cue from Laura Dern’s Renata Klein and become one of those Boss Moms, taking it upon herself to run parent association events and launch an anti-bullying crusade. Or she could be more of a Type-A do-gooder type, like Reese Witherspoon’s Madeline MacKenzie, offering to take under her wing a social outsider like single mom Jane Chapman, played by Shailene Woodley.
Or maybe Kate could become one of those groovy cool, everything-is-calm-and-cool moms, like Zoe Kravitz’ Bonnie Carlson. If so, she’ll have to take up yoga and hand making her own jewelry.
Let’s just hope Kate won’t become a mean mom though it’s not likely she will.
She seems like a nice, easy going person — for a future queen that is.
Then again, she is the future queen. So if anyone doesn’t have to worry about jockeying for social status at Thomas’s Battersea School, it’s Kate Middleton.
Source: mercurynews com
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