Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest children Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, could be heading to Marlborough College if the family make a move to Windsor
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Prince George and Princess Charlotte could be ferried up the M4 for their education if predictions about their next school are to be believed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest children Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, six, currently attend Thomas’s Battersea School in London.
But a rumored move for the family from Amner House in Norfolk to Windsor Castle has raised questions about their future scholastic destinations, Gloucestershire Live reported.
Some believe the Duchess of Cambridge already has her eye on her old school – Marlborough College – where the children’s cousin Savannah is thought to be heading.
Equally, a move to Windsor – where Eton College is situated – could be on the cards for George and Louis, if they are to follow in the footsteps of Prince William and his younger brother Harry.
Sources close to the couple have previously claimed that William was determined to break tradition.
He is said to want George to remain a day pupil at Thomas’s Battersea in London which is seen as a family-run, feeder school for the top public schools.
The option may prove particularly tempting as the school is opening a senior wing in September, meaning George could stay there until he is 18.
Others have put money on Marlborough College as a future destination for the kids.
The elite private school is just over the border from Windsor in Wiltshire and is only an hour’s drive up the M4 from Windsor.
Both Eton and Marlborough in Wiltshire are full boarding schools that take in pupils at the age of 13, but Marlborough has one big advantage over Eton.
Marlborough is mixed-sex, so Princess Charlotte would be able to join him when she is old enough.
This may be preferable to Eton, which only takes boys.
US Weekly reported that the Duke and Duchess had “open conversations” with George about whether to send him to boarding school, so the young prince may also have his say.
A friend told the Daily Mail in 2018: “Eton hasn’t been ruled out but they have talked at length about Marlborough as an option and the smart money is on George going there instead.
“William and Catherine surprised many with their choice of Thomas’s Battersea for George over more traditional royal schools but picked it up because they felt it was the right fit for him.
“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.”
Fees are unlikely to be a deciding factor, even though Eton charges £48,501 per year compared to Marlborough’s £39,000 per annum for boarders.
Eton can boast 20 prime ministers such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson among its rank.
Other royals such as the Duke of Kent, and actors including Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston, also attended the school.
Former Marlborough pupils include Princess Eugenie, comedian Jack Whitehall and Samantha Cameron – the wife of former Prime Minister David.
The decision will likely be an important one for Kate, who allegedly moved to Marlborough from Downe House because she was being bullied.
She is said to have blossomed at Marlborough and left in July 2000 to attend the University of St Andrews.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK!: “They [Kate and William] may well plump for Eton, the school where kings and prime ministers go.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they plumped for Kate’s school, Marlborough. It’s a mixed school and a very good one, so they might want to make a statement and send the children there.”
It is not known if the family are considering any state schools.