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Prince George won't go to boarding school full-time like his dad, a royal commentator says.
Kate Middleton and Prince William set tongues wagging when they began scoping out new schools and possible homes in the Berkshire area earlier this year.
Both William and his younger brother Prince Harry happily boarded at Ludgrove School in Berkshire from the age of eight before moving to Eton at 13. Prince George turns eight next month.
But royal experts tell OK! the couple are casting their net wider than just schools traditionally favoured by the Royal Family and Ludgrove is not currently in the running for George.
"It's my understanding for some time, possibly even before George was even born, was that William was quite keen that any child he had wouldn't be packed off to boarding school," royal expert Duncan Larcombe tells OK! .
"Eton for William and Harry wasn't an unhappy time, apart from the fact it was when their mother died, which means William doesn't blame the school or the experience of boarding.
"But he's never intended to have his kids as full-time boarders and if George does go to a school that offers it, he'll likely be a day boarder."
Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, six, are currently attending private Thomas's prep school in Battersea, south-west London, which takes children until they are 13.
Their youngest child, three-year-old Prince Louis, attends the Willcocks Nursery a stone's throw from their Kensington Palace apartment.
"Kate and William are modern parents and will weigh up the schooling decision very carefully," royal expert Ingrid Seward tells OK! .
"I think they’ll wait to see how the children’s personalities develop, and take into consideration whether or not they would be happy to live away from home.
"We’re used to seeing the royals breaking with tradition these days so it won’t be a huge shock if they do things their way. I think William and Kate’s view will be, if the children are happy in their school, why change things.
"If I was Kate though, I’d feel more secure if George, as heir to the throne, was tucked away at boarding school. He’ll have more freedom there and he’ll be very protected from any outside dangers."
Prince William was just eight years old when he became a full-time boarder at Ludgrove.
Unlike his father Prince Charles, who attended Cheam School in Hampshire and then Gordonstoun in Scotland – an experience he described as "disastrous" – William seemed to thrive.
"William loved it at Ludgrove, as did his brother Harry," Seward says. "They both boarded full-time but Diana would visit at weekends."
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