Princess Charlotte “will miss” her older brother Prince George if he’s sent away to boarding school, but her “outgoing” nature will ensure she’s fine, royal experts say.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s eldest child turns eight later this month and his parents have reportedly been thinking about sending him to a boarding school in Berkshire.
Ludgrove School was where Prince William went as a youngster and the couple like the idea of George following in his father’s footsteps, reports the Daily Star.
Charlotte and George currently both attend Thomas’s School in Battersea, which educates 600 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13, while youngest brother Louis goes to London’s Willcocks Nursery School.
Although Charlotte may miss George if he does change schools, a royal expert has said, her outgoing nature will ultimately ensure she handles the change in good spirits.
Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royals blog, said Charlotte “seems like a very independent child”.
“Princess Charlotte will of course miss her big brother, as any child would,” she added. “But she will be fine when Prince George heads off to boarding school. She seems like a very independent child. Something she would have been taught at a young age with her Montessori education.
“She has never seemed to be clinging to her older brother on the rare glimpses we have seen the Cambridge Children. In fact, she is often the more outgoing Cambridge kid, leading the way.
“Princess Charlotte will have her friend, little brother, parents, nanny. She will do fine. (But ofcourse miss him).
“William and Kate have tried to give all of their kids individual attention. So, they have experience doing things without their other siblings. Whether it is an outing with Mummy or daddy. Or a solo trip to Granny Middleton’s for the weekend.
“I would probably be more concerned about Prince George and how he would cope being away from his safety net. Being in with new students who haven’t grown up with a Prince as a classmate and who are used to see Prince George & the Cambridge Family on the news.”
Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, a US website which covers news about the monarchy, agrees that “little leader” Charlotte will cope well without her older brother around.
“We have had no confirmation that Prince George is going to switch schools, so right now that’s just a rumor,” she said.
“However, if he was to switch schools, I don’t think it would bother Princess Charlotte.
“She’s very independent and outgoing, so I don’t think she needs her brother beside her.
“She may miss not seeing him at school, but she’s not going to be upset that she’s alone, I don’t think. From what we’ve seen, she’s a little leader so I think she will be fine.”