Prince George and Princess Charlotte Can Ignore This New School Rule, Source Reveals
It has been a challenging time for nearly everyone across the globe. However, for parents, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented some very particular challenges. In addition to quarantine and working from home, many parents have been tasked with educating their children at home through virtual learning.
Though they are royals and they have live-in help, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, homeschooled their two older children Prince George and Princess Charlotte when their school shuttered in March due to COVID-19 concerns. They also had to find ways to keep their toddler son, Prince Louis entertained.
Now, as restrictions have lifted, the Cambridge kids are back in school, but they don’t have to follow one of the school’s newest rules.
Inside Princess Charlotte and Prince George’s school
Princess Charlotte and Prince George attend the same school in London. Thomas’s Preparatory School in Battersea is a private Christian school and one of the most coveted places of academia for young children. The school’s mantra is “Be Kind” and along with academics, the school has a ton of extracurricular activities including, fencing, philosophy, gardening, and pottery.
The Cambridges pay a pretty penny for their children to attend the school. It cost a whopping $24,000 per year per child with the princess tuition being slightly discounted due to a sibling rate.
When the duke and duchess enrolled Prince George in the school many people were shocked. An insider told Daily Mail at the time, “They are very keen to allow George to spread his wings as a child and won’t ever do what people expect them to do when it comes to their children.”
The Cambridges are relieved their kids are back in school
After six months of being in quarantine as a family, the royals are back to work and the kiddos are back in school. Kate and Prince William have been candid about some of the challenges that they faced amid the pandemic.
“It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie,” Kate told BBC. “Children have got such stamina. I don’t know how honestly.” For his part, the duke has revealed how relieved he feels that his kids are back in school.
“I think every parent is breathing a sigh of relief that school has started again. Five months—it’s been wonderful, but it’s been a long five months,” Hello! reported Prince William saying during a recent visit to Belfast.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte can ignore this new school rule
The Cambridge kids returned to school Sept. 7 and Thomas’s Battersea has a couple of new rules in place. Swimming lessons are canceled for now and all children must be dropped off at the school gates.
Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl told Vanity Fair,
It’s been an eventful week for Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who returned to Thomas’s school in south London. William and Kate have been homeschooling their children since March, but [they] returned for the first day of term on Monday [7 September]. While Kensington Palace did not release any images of the children’s first day back, George who has moved into Year 3, and Charlotte who is in Year 1 are said to be thrilled to be back at school with their friends, even though some activities such as swimming have been suspended.
The Cambridge kids are also exempt from the new school rule regarding drop off. Due to security reasons, the Cambridges are still able to drive their children into the school grounds.