Though the senior working members of the British royal family are back to work following months of isolation and quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, things aren’t exactly back to normal. The U.K. is fairing decently with some social distancing orders still in place. However, other places like the U.S. are still very much in turmoil.
Schools across the globe are still closed due to summer break. However, because many camps and activities aren’t open for kids, virtual learning has turned into a virtual summer break confined to the house.
Like many parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are back to work, but their kids are home for the time being. Now, the future Crowned King is getting candid about the toll that’s taken on his patience.
Homeschooling their kids has been a challenge for Prince William and Kate Middleton
With three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, the Cambridges have a lot on their hands on a regular day. They already have live-in help with their nanny, Maria Borrallo. However, managing three different schedules and curriculum would make anyone want to scream.
The Cambridges have been very open about how challenging homeschooling is since Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school, Thomas’s Battersea has been closed since March 10. Kate told BBC,
It gets a bit hectic, I’m not going to lie. Children have got such stamina. I don’t know how, honestly. You get to the end of the day and you write a list of all the things you’ve done in that day. You’ve pitched a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake, you get to the end of the day. They’ve had a lovely time. It’s amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”
Kate Middleton and Prince William have strict rules for their children
Typically, Kate and Prince William have fairly strict rules for their children. It’s been important for them to have structure and to give their kids as normal childhoods as possible.
The Cambridge kids have strict bedtimes so that they are well-rested and ready to learn and play for the next day. The duke and duchess don’t even allow their children to do special activities or events on school nights.
Also, though Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis have their favorite movies and TV shows, playtime outside is encouraged over screentime. “As two people who grew up without gadgets for entertainment themselves, William and Kate are firm believers in toys, outdoor play, and encouraging an active imagination,” a royal insider told US Weekly. “They’re very much a normal family.”
Prince William realized he lacks patience because of homeschooling
During this period of homeschooling, Prince William says he has come to a startling revelation about himself and about math. During a candid conversation on the BBC Radio 5Live’s That Peter Crouch podcast, Prince William explained,
I’ve found it pretty testing, not going to lie, trying to keep the children engaged in some kind of work, it’s been an interesting few months. I’ve learned through homeschooling that my patience is a lot shorter than I thought it was, that’s probably been the biggest eye-opener for me, and that my wife has super patience. I have to admit I’m a bit embarrassed about my maths knowledge, I can’t do Year two math.