Prince William and Kate Middleton are determined to give their kids a “normal” middle class upbringing despite their growing royal prominence.
In what one expert described as “very much the Diana style of parenting,” Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis all attend the same school just a 15-minute walk from the family’s main home at Adelaide Cottage.
It’s a departure from the boarding-school environment that William’s father, now the King, endured as a child. “Being a royal is isolating enough,” royal expert Jennie Bond told OK Magazine.
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“This way George, Charlotte and Louis have a ready-made, in-built support network as they can all go to school together for the foreseeable future. That was incredibly important to William and Kate. They want their children’s lives to be as normal as possible.”
The £21,000-a-year Lambrook is a mixed-sex school, another break with royal tradition, and is described as more of an “upper middle-class,” rather than aristocratic environment.
Royal author Robert Hardman believes William – who was educated at all-boys’ Ludgrove, a stone’s throw from Lambrook, before moving onto Eton – will have learnt harsh lessons from his own school days.
He said: “Prince Charles had a dreadful time at school and William and Harry also had it tough so William is determined that his own children don’t suffer in the same way.”
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Lambrook’s general atmosphere is more like the sporty, easygoing mood of Marlborough – where Kate was educated along with her siblings Pippa and James.
If Lambrook pupils wish to go on their annual school trip, they need to raise money to put towards it. Royal biographer Katie Nicholl says, “The most important thing to William and Kate is allowing George and his siblings a wonderfully grounded and supportive childhood”
Jennie added: They want George, Charlotte and Louis to be very aware of the privileged way in which they are growing up. Have a proper sense of empathy, charity and responsibility.
"It’s very much the Diana style of parenting. They want them to know how lucky they are and not take any of it for granted.”
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