Prince William and Kate Middleton could stray from royal tradition if it’s not ‘right’ for their kids

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive to officially open The Balfour, Orkney Hospital on day five of their week long visit to Scotland on May 25
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Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly considering an important royal tradition for Prince George, but aren’t afraid to stray from it if they feel it’s not “right” for their eldest son. 

Prince William and Kate Middleton recently shared an adorable new photo of their eldest child, Prince George, for his 8th birthday. Dubbed William and Princess Diana’s double (opens in new tab) by royal fans, George’s attendance at the Euros 2020 final also delighted viewers, who hoped he would be the England team’s 'good luck charm'. But despite his recent public appearances, George is still far away from taking on the huge royal responsibilities and pathway that lies ahead.

Nevertheless, some have begun to speculate whether George could soon follow royal tradition and leave for boarding school (opens in new tab) after his eighth birthday.

Princess Charlotte arrives for her first day of school, with her brother Prince George and her parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at Thomas's Battersea in London on September 5, 2019 in London, England

Both his father William and grandfather Prince Charles attended boarding schools, as did the late Duke of Edinburgh. 

However, it’s now been suggested that whilst William and Kate have thought about this potentially huge move, they aren’t afraid to stray from tradition if it’s not “right” for their son. 

As reported by Us Weekly, a source claimed that, “Kate and William are open to sending George to boarding school in the future and have already checked out a few, but they feel 8 is a little young and want to wait until he’s slightly older.”

Prince George of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn

Young though it may sound, eight is around the age that other members of The Firm (opens in new tab) departed for boarding school too. 

“George going to school is a decision the Cambridges will make as a family,” the source continued, alleging, “They’d never force George to go unless he wants to and they feel it’s right.”

The question of whether or not George himself wishes to attend boarding school is, of course, incredibly important. In contrast, the Prince of Wales disliked going away to Gordonstoun in Scotland, but his father was reportedly keen to see his son follow in his footsteps. 

Prince Charles arrives at Gordonstoun School in Scotland for his first term, and is shown around by Captain Iain Tennant, chairman of the board of governors

Charles is believed to have described it later as a “prison sentence”, whilst some reports claim that he was bullied during his time there. Meanwhile, Princes William and Harry attended Cheam school, followed by Eton.

As a former boarding school student himself, William will no doubt be reflecting on his own experience as he, Kate and George decide on future school plans. 

Until then, and with no schooling changes confirmed, Prince George is expected to enjoy his summer break from Thomas’s Battersea school before returning for the autumn term.