Since his birthday last week, a flood of reports have suggested that the young royal could well be shipped off to a preparatory school in September.
This would follow in step with Kate and William’s own privately educated paths.
Yet, according to Daniela Elser, a commentator, Kate will be readying for “heartbreak” should George go, the Duchess having hid her melancholy in his recent birthday snaps.
In a piece titled, ‘Kate Middleton’s heartbreak hidden in Prince George birthday photo’, for news.au.com, she wrote: “At first glance, the shot is par for the wholly predictable course: Personal, heartwarming and with a suitably bucolic twinge.
“But what makes this image so interesting isn’t what it shows but what it signifies, which is that George has reached the same age at which his father and uncle Prince Harry were bundled off to boarding school. (Ditto Prince Charles.)
“For the first time, the question has reared its controversial head over whether the Cambridges might decide to send their own son away to school now he’s reached this particular milestone moment.
“For most people the very notion of sending a child away borders on the cruel but the British upper classes have, for centuries, firmly believed in dispatching their scions to receive an early introduction to Latin verbs, frigid, predawn rugby scrums and a diet of grey, overcooked vegetables.”
While William is said to have been hopelessly homesick during his boarding school days, reports suggest Kate was bullied to the extreme.
Ms Esler continued: “Even though both of the Cambridges came to embrace their boarding years, would they be willing to put their son through a similar experience?
“And as a close family unit, would it not be too painful of an emotional wrench to send their son away?”
They also face the risk of alienating the public.
This is in the aftermath of a pushback against private schools and an elitism in the UK that pierces the country’s social fabric.
Ms Elser said Britons may well find the Duke and Duchess sending George to boarding school, “as somewhat barbarous in this day and age.”
She added: “Post-Megxit and post-the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s claims of royal cruelty the last thing the Palace needs is anything that could bolster the perception that they are a cold, unfeeling lot.”
The commentator ends on a sombre note: “The school question is, for the Duke and Duchess, just one of a long line of questions they are going to have to find answers to as they walk the tightrope between protecting their son and the demands of the position he was born into.
“They say being a mother is the hardest job in the world but during moments like this, I think being the mum of a future King is even harder still.”
And that is not all Kate and William have to deal with.
This coincides not only with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, but also William and Kate’s landmark 40th birthdays.
The book promises to shed yet more light on the Duke of Sussex’s time in the Royal Family, more than likely to include childhood anecdotes about William and, later, the inner workings and events of the Firm.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK