William and Kate faced difficult decision on whether to send George to boarding school

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PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, faced a difficult decision on whether to send George to boarding school, according to a royal expert.

Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, will return to school this September, after the family enjoyed a six-week summer holiday. After a summer at the Isles of Scilly and the Queen’s Balmoral Estate George, who is third-in-line to the throne, will head into Year Four and his sister Charlotte will begin Year Two. William and Kate’s two oldest children both attend private school Thomas’s Battersea in south west London, not far from Kensington Palace.

Younger brother Prince Louis, will continue at Willcocks Nursery School, having joined last April.

Yet according to a royal expert, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would have faced a dilemma on whether to send George to boarding school this year.

Though Thomas’s Battersea takes students up to the age of 13, royals are traditionally sent away to preparatory school aged eight.

Ingrid Seward told OK! Magazine last year: “Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the decision very carefully.

Prince George

Prince George, eight, attends private school St Thomas’s Battersea (Image: Getty)

The Cambridges going to school

The royal children will return to school this September after a six-week summer holiday (Image: Getty)

“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.”

Aged eight, both William and younger brother Prince Harry were sent to Ludgrove School, an independent preparatory boarding school in Berkshire, before going to Eton College at 13.

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

Prince William's first day at Eton

William and Harry attended boarding schools Ludgrove and then Eton from the age of eight (Image: Getty)

However the Cambridges have not shied away from breaking royal tradition in the past, with the decision to keep George at Thomas’s Battersea another case in point.

Ms Seward added: “I think William and Kate’s view will be, if the children are happy in school, why change things.

“We’re used to seeing the royals breaking the tradition these days so it won’t be a huge shock if they do things their way.”

William and Kate are considered essential to modernising the Royal Family and maintaining the Firm’s relevance among younger generations.

William and Kate

William and Kate are considered essential to modernising the Royal Family (Image: Getty)

 

The couple are less formal than their predecessors, having appeared on podcasts and television shows in the past.

Yet, a source told US weekly that the Duke and Duchess still had “open conversations” with George about whether to send him to a boarding school.

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’m not sure that works with the generation below us, the Prince George’s of the world.

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

“I don’t know what that would entail though because I do think him going to some random school may be tough because he’s the future king.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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