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Prince George’s school fate to be sealed as 8th birthday nears – William and Kate poised

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Prince William and Kate Middleton may opt to send eldest George to boarding school like his father and grandfather, Charles. He turns eight on July 22. The future King has spent the last four years at Thomas’s Battersea Prep School.

The London independent school, founded by actress Joanna Thomas in 1971, currently educates around 600 students.

But now George could leave the £19,287-per-year establishment near his home in Kensington.

The Evening Standard has reported, as per royal tradition, the Cambridges are considering enrolling George at a boarding school.

The young prince would also follow in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Prince Philip, if his parents opted to make this decision.

One insider told Best Life magazine: “It’s a very important decision that will have a great influence on Prince George’s life. The male members of the Royal Family have been greatly shaped by this which also shapes their future, so William and Catherine are undoubtedly weighing the options very carefully.”

Prince William and brother Prince Harry were educated at Ludgrove School in Berkshire before heading off to become the first senior members of the Royal Family to attend Eton College.

The Prince of Wales, like his late father, the Duke of Edinburgh, spent time boarding in Scotland at Gordonstoun.

While Philip and the Duke of York are said to have thoroughly enjoyed their time there, the Prince of Wales described it as “Colditz with kilts”.

And Charles is not the only royal to have had a rough time at boarding school.

Kate was said to be so miserable following teasing from some of the girls at Downe House in Newbury that her parents pulled her out and moved her to Marlborough College.

However, a source revealed to The Evening Standard it is “highly unlikely” William and Kate will send George to boarding school.

“The vogue now”, the source continued, “is massively against young children boarding”.

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“Sending them away from the familial bubble, whatever the resources and culture of the school, the emotional structure that a family provides is more important at that age”, they added.

It has even been suggested the Cambridges have the option to send George to the Wymondham School, a state boarding school in Norfolk, which is just an hour away from their country home in Anmer Hall.

In recent times it has become much more common for members of the Royal Family to snub the long-standing tradition of sending their children to boarding schools.

Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex preferred to educate their daughter, Lady Louise, and their teenage son, James, at local independent schools in Berkshire.

Meanwhile, Mike Tindall, husband of the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips, previously said he was not “keen” on sending their now seven-year-old child, Mia, to boarding school.

Talking to the Daily Mail in 2016, the ex-England rugby star said sending his child away for school “goes against [his] instincts” and added he would rather she attends a nearby school so he and Zara can “always be on hand if she needs us.”

The Queen and her sister, Princess Margaret, were the last two members of the Royal Family to be schooled from within Buckingham Palace by governesses and the Vice-Provost from Eton College.

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