Princess Diana was in ‘tears’ when Prince Charles sent William to boarding school

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PRINCESS DIANA was in tears when Prince Charles sent Prince William to boarding school, according to a royal expert.

Yet HRP have announced the public will be allowed to pay their respect to the much loved princess from 3pm to 5pm on August 31.

Diana wedded Charles on July 29 1981 in front of a global audience of 750 million people, but the marriage was plagued by incompatibility and extra-marital affairs.

The royal couple separated in 1992 after the breakdown of their relationship became public and they subsequently divorced in 1996.

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Princess Diana was in tears when Prince Charles sent Prince William to boarding school (Image: Getty)

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Charles and Diana’s marriage was plagued by incompatibility and extra-marital affairs. (Image: Getty)

According to a royal expert, one of the many points of contention in the couple’s ill-fated marriage was Charles’ decision to send William to boarding school when he was just eight years old.

Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon said in a piece for the List that Diana was allegedly in “tears” when dropping her eldest son for his first day at Ludgrove School.

Charles was reportedly insistent that his son follow in his family’s footsteps but Diana was “reluctant” to send her son away.

Ms Liwag Dixon said: “Like most young royals, Prince William was sent off to boarding school at a young age.

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William and younger brother Prince Harry having both been sent to Ludgrove aged eight (Image: Getty)

“The experience was reportedly a difficult one for him at the beginning.

“William was reportedly quite lonely after first going away to school and missed his family.

“Diana is said to have been in tears when she dropped him off at school.”

It was tradition in the Royal Family to be sent to a boarding school at eight years old, with William and younger brother Prince Harry having both been sent to Ludgrove before attending Eton College at 13.

Prince George

Eight-year-old Prince George is due to return to day school St Thomas’s Battersea this September (Image: Getty)

Heir apparent to the throne, Charles, was educated at Cheam School before being sent to Gordonstoun, like his father Prince Philip.

Ms Liwag Dixon added: “While he was said to be homesick as he adjusted to his new life at school, William eventually grew accustomed to being away from home, although it’d seem he still missed his family.

“His mother regularly wrote to him, reportedly addressing her letters to My Darling Wombat.”

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to break tradition when it comes to their own children however, with eight-year-old Prince George due to return to day school St Thomas’s Battersea this September.

A source told US Weekly that Kate and William had an “open conversation” with George, who is third-in-line to the throne, about whether to send him to boarding school, though it appears the couple decided against the idea.

Royal commentator Joe Drake told Royally Us: “The whole news topic this week has been about William and Kate raising the future king of England in modern times.

“I’m not sure sending him to boarding school equates to him being raised in modern times.”

“I think it might be better for him to have a different education.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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