Prince William and Kate could be set to break with royal tradition to protect Prince George’s happiness, it has been suggested.
Royal expert Ingrid Seward says the royal couple’s modern approach to raising their three children and the positive reception this gets from the public could influence their approach to certain traditions.
With Prince George of Cambridge now aged six, thoughts turn to his educational future.
His parents went to barding schools in their youths, as did most members of the Royal Family.
But Ms Seward would not be surprised if the young prince is kept away from the boarding school system which famously made his grandfather, Prince Charles, miserable.
Ms Seward signalled the Duke and Duchess could pursue a different path for Prince George to protect his happiness.
Speaking to Spanish magazine Quien?, Ms Seward said the Duke and Duchess could pursue a different path for Prince George to protect his happiness.
Ms Seward said: “We are used to seeing members of royalty breaking tradition these days, so it won’t come as much of a shock if they do things their way.
“I think William and Kate’s opinion will be if the children are happy in their school, why change things.”
She added: “Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the decision very carefully.
“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.”
Ms Seward said Prince William would rely on his personal experience to ensure George felt confident with his future choices, but suggested the third-in-line to the throne would be “safer” at boarding school.
She said: “Having experienced terrible trauma in his own childhood, William is very tuned in to his children’s mental health.
“If I was Kate though, I’d feel more secure if George, as heir to the throne, was tucked away at boarding school.
“He’ll have more freedom there and he’ll be very protected from any outside dangers.”
Prince William went to Ludgrove School in Wokingham before moving on to Eton aged 13 as a full-time boarder.
Prince Charles and his siblings all attended boarding school in their youth, following in Prince Philip’s footsteps as they moved from Buckingham Palace to Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
Charles went to the prestigious Cheam School in Hampshire which the Queen knew was “a misery” to her son, according to a biography of Charles by Dermot Morrah.
The preparatory school is steeped in history, having been founded nearly 400 years ago in 1645 and boasting former prime ministers and chancellors among its ex pupils.
Prince Philip had reportedly wanted to toughen-up his son and thought Cheam, where he himself had been sent at the age of eight, would do the job.
But the Prince of Wales suffered severe homesickness and had difficulty mixing with the other boys. He struggled with sport and would cry in private.
Prince George is a Year 2 student at Thomas’s Battersea, where Charlotte is also a student in reception.
The two eldest Cambridge children were forced to put their education in the hands of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as most schools across England shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kate revealed they had combined homeschooling with outdoor activities to keep the children entertained and distracted.
George had also reportedly voiced some disappointment at being forced to keep up with his literacy school work while Princess Charlotte got to focus on handmade projects.
The Duchess said: “George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects.
“Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!”
-- to www.mirror.co.uk