Very soon, Prince William and Kate Middleton will be facing one of the hardest decision they will have to make, whether to send their oldest child, Prince George, to boarding school or let him continue his education at his current day school, Thomas’s Battersea, in London.
If history is to go by, royals are usually sent to boarding school at age 8, and with Prince George turning 7 on July 22, his parents won’t have long to think about the decision.
Both George’s father and uncle, Prince William and Prince Harry went to boarding school at Ludgrove School in Berkshire, England, a prep school for boys between the ages of 8 to 13. William loved it at Ludgrove, as did his brother Harry. They both boarded full-time but Diana would visit at weekends,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward said while talking to OK! magazine. “It’s a super friendly school so it could be a good choice for George. He might then follow his father to Eton College for his secondary education. I doubt the royals will have to go on any waiting lists, so they won’t need to rush their decision.”
But the newer generation of royals have shown that royal tradition is more of a guideline to consider rather than a strict rule set, so Kate and William might change it up when it comes to sending their children to boarding school.
“Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the decision very carefully,” Seward said. “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.”
Seward added, “I think William and Kate’s view will be, if the children are happy in their school, why change things?”