How Kate Middleton being bullied at school is shaping her parenting style with George, Charlotte and Louis

The Princess of Wales has chosen to keep her children close by

Kate Middleton and Prince George
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Kate Middleton being bullied at school has helped shape her parenting style towards Prince George, Charlotte and Louis, royal expert claims.

Kate Middleton's experience of being bullied at school is helping her to shape her own parenting style when it comes to Prince George, Charlotte and Louis.

The Princess of Wales' experience of attending Downe House as a youngster saw her move to a new college after she was unhappy and had been bullied. But the move hasn't only shaped her as a person, her horrific experience is also helping to shape her parenting style with her three children.

It's understood that Kate was bullied at school for a skin condition that left her feeling 'very self conscious'.

Royal expert Jennie Bond told OK!, "Catherine had a very unhappy time at Downe House in her first two terms and was bullied quite badly before she left and moved to Marlborough College.

"This has completely influenced the way she wants her children to be educated, coupled with her belief and research into early years development."

Kate Middleton and Prince William take their kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to Lambrook School

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And as Prince George, Charlotte and Louis' schooling is already changing the way Kate and William take on royal life, her focus is her kids' wellbeing.

Kate is said to have been "heavily involved" in  searching for Prince George, Charlotte and Louis' school and after discovering that two of the key aspirations of Lambrook are "kindness and inclusivity" they settled on that.

As it appears Kate and William are keen to keep their children close by, as day pupils, returning home in the evenings to Adelaide Cottage family home rather than going to boarding school like Prince William and Harry who attended Ludgrove school and slept in a dormitory.

Interior view of a dormitory at Ludgrove School, an independent preparatory boarding school in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, 18th November 1989. Notable Old Ludgrovians include Prince William and his brother, Prince Harry. (

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A friend of Kate's previously told the Daily Mail, "Apparently she had been bullied very badly and she certainly looked thin and pale. She had very little confidence," when she first attended Downe House School in Berkshire before moving to Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she went on to thrive.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)