By Emma Dooney
Prince William has no plans to send Prince George away to boarding school, a royal expert has revealed.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's oldest child will soon become eligible to attend boarding school, but the likelihood of him leaving home looks slim.
- Prince William has no intention of sending Prince George away for school, according to a royal expert, despite having studied at two different boarding institutions himself.
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Prince William may have spent the majority of his own youth at boarding school, but that doesn't mean he wants the same for his eldest son.
The Duke of Cambridge isn't fond of the idea of Prince George leaving Kensington Palace for secondary education, having always wanted his children to study at a nearby day school.
"It's my understanding for some time, possibly even before George was even born, was that William was quite keen that any child he had wouldn't be packed off to boarding school," royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK! magazine.
While the notion of removing the seven-year-old from his family home might sound strange, it isn't out of keeping with the Royal Family's educational history. Prince George is just one year younger than Prince William was when he was enrolled in Ludgrove School, a private all-boys boarding school in Berkshire.
The Duke spent five years at the preparatory institution before graduating to the prestigious Eton College, where he again attended as a boarding student. Prince Harry followed in William's footsteps, graduating from Ludgrove and Eton two years after his older brother.
While the Duke has never publicly criticized his time at boarding school, he reportedly doesn't want to pass on the experience to his three children.
"He's never intended to have his kids as full-time boarders and if George does go to a school that offers it, he'll likely be a day boarder," explained Duncan.
Prince George currently attends Thomas's Battersea, a private primary school in London, alongside his six-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte. At £24,000 a year, the elite institution educates the offspring of some of the country's most affluent families. Pupils are expected to meet high academic standards and embrace a broad curriculum, whilst adhering to the school's overarching motto to "Be Kind."
The youngest Cambridge child has yet to join his older siblings, having only begun his educational journey this year. Three-year-old Prince Louis's new nursery school treats toddlers to Royal Museum trips and French lessons, ensuring its attendees are fully equipped for the challenges of kindergarten (and impromptu trips to Paris).
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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