Duke and Duchess of Cambridge send ' message' with school decision

Kate Middleton and Prince William would be ‘sending a message to the Government’ if they decide to keep Princess Charlotte at home while her peers in Year One return to school, royal editor claims

  •  Charlotte is in reception at Thomas’s school, Battersea, while George is in year 2
  • Under government guidelines reception, year 1 and year 6 classes are to reopen
  • Royal expert Russell Myers says decision will ‘send a message’ to government 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will ‘send a message to the Government’ if they decide to keep Princess Charlotte off school when her year group returns, a royal editor has claimed.  

Under the latest Government guidelines for a phased re-opening of schools from 1 June, Year One pupil Charlotte, five, could be expected to return to £19,000-a-year Thomas’s school in Battersea along with Year Six and Reception Classes. 

Meanwhile, George, six, in Year Two would stay at home with Kate, William and younger brother Louis, two. The family have been living at their Norfolk home, Amner Hall, during the crisis. It has not been confirmed whether Thomas’s will be reopening.  

Appearing on Good Morning Britain, royal editor Russell Myers explained Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 37, are considering ‘keeping the children together’ insisting whatever they decide will have a great effect on government and parents across the country. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will ‘send a message to the Government’ if they decide to keep Princess Charlotte off school when her year group returns. Pictured: The family clapping for NHS carers in April

Under the latest Government guidelines Charlotte, five, in Year One at the £19,000 Thomas’s school in Battersea, could be expected to return along with Year Six and Reception Classes while George in Year Two would stay home

Russell said: ‘I think this is very interesting and certainly the whole country will be watching this. 

‘The issue is the different ages of the children, who have been holed up in Norfolk with their mum and dad. 

‘Essentially Princess Charlotte would have to go back to school on Monday in line with government guidelines. 

‘But the Cambridge’s are considering keeping the children together and I think a lot of parents who have been homeschooling for the last few weeks are having this conundrum. 

Appearing on This Morning, Russell Myers (pictured) told that Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 37, are considering ‘keeping the children together’ 

‘So we will be watching and certainly it will send a message to the government so watch this space.’ 

The government’s decision to send children back to school has been met with criticism from trade unions, ministers and local authorities over whether is is safe to do so. 

Concerns have been echoed by The British Medical Association who warned the number of coronavirus cases was still too high to open schools safely. 

Like many parents across the country, the Cambridge’s have been homeschooling her children throughout the crisis. 

Earlier this month, Kate joked that Prince George was ‘jealous’ of his five-year-old sister’s homework and ‘would rather make spider sandwiches’.

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, the mother-of-three said: ‘George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work.’

Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, the mother-of-three said: ‘George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects. Spider sandwiches are far cooler than literacy work’ 

The Duchess also previously talked about how she and Prince William had kept a strict regime while homeschooling their children George, Charlotte and Prince Louis, two. 

Speaking on the BBC last month, the couple said it was important to avoid scaring their children and making it ‘too overwhelming’, but added that home schooling was ‘fun’ and the children had been pitching tents, cooking and baking.

Kate, who sported a chic striped T-shirt as she sat next to her husband at their Norfolk home said: ‘You pitch a tent take the tent down again, cook, bake. 

‘You get to the end of the day – they have had a lovely time – but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.’ 

Ballet and a rooftop playground… what George and Charlotte are missing at Thomas’s Battersea

Thomas’s London Day Schools is a group of independent, co-educational preparatory schools in Battersea, Clapham, Fulham and Kensington.

It was founded in 1971 when actress Joanna Thomas, a mother of three, started a kindergarten in a church hall.

Thomas’s Battersea branch opened in October 1990, and the school has 540 pupils between the ages of four and 13.

Thomas’s Battersea branch (pictured) opened in October 1990, and the school has 540 pupils between the ages of four and 13

It occupies a Grade II listed building – which was once a grammar school founded in 1700 – where facilities include a rooftop playground, theatre, ballet and pottery rooms.

The most important school rule is to be kind, while other core values include courtesy, confidence and humility.

Former pupils include singer Florence Welch (of Florence & The Machine), model Cara Delevingne and her sisters, Poppy and Chloe.

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