The Princess of Wales has always had a busy morning routine with her three children – Princes George and Louis, and Princess Charlotte.
Preparing breakfast and making the school run – to a dynamic musical soundtrack we might add – all before the youngsters of the royal household begin their daily lessons at Lambrook.
However, this Wednesday is likely to be a much quieter affair for Princess Catherine and Prince William, as more than 100,000 teachers across 23,000 schools are expected to go on strike.
We still don’t know if Lambrook school will be affected by the walkouts, if it is it would mean a return to pandemic-like homeschooling for George, Charlotte and Louis – an activity Kate previously admitted as “exhausting”.
During a January 2021 virtual discussion, the Princess joined three parents of children who attend Roe Green Junior School in Brent and their headteacher, to discuss parenthood during the coronavirus pandemic.
As part of the discussion, the parents were asked to rate their maths abilities after a few months of homeschooling their children – and while the other were confident, rating themselves an “eight”, Kate won our hearts by admitting she’s a “minus five”.
“That’s pretty good! I am obviously right at the bottom of the class,” said the Princess.
Speaking on the challenges of lockdown education, Princess Catherine said: “I think as parents you’ve the day-to-day elements of being a parent, but I suppose during lockdown we have had to take on additional roles that perhaps others in our communities, or in our lives would have perhaps supported us and helped us with.”
“I’ve become a hairdresser this lockdown, much to my children’s horror, seeing mum cutting hair.
“We’ve had to become a teacher – and I think, personally, I feel pulled in so many different directions and you try your best with everything but at the end of the day I do feel exhausted,” said Kate, ending her statement.