Princess Charlotte may stay home with brother Prince George when schools reopen

Prince William and Kate Middleton are understood to be keen to keep the siblings together (Getty Images)

During lockdown, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been home schooling their children at their Norfolk country home Anmer Hall.

Like many parents, their children's school - Thomas's Battersea in south west London - is expected to reopen next month, after closing its doors in March at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

It is likely to follow official guidance in welcoming back reception, year 1 and years 6 pupils.

Despite this, The Sunday Times have reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are considering keeping Princess Charlotte - who is in reception - at home with her brother Prince George, who is in year 2.

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Princess Charlotte plays on a swing in the garden created by her mom, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the Chelsea Flower Show. The royals released a number of sweet photos of George, Charlotte, and Louis playing in the new space, which was designed to encourage families to spend time in nature.

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Here's another photo of Charlotte on her first day of nursery school.

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She may be a royal, but first and foremost, Princess Charlotte is a toddler, and what 16-month-old doesn't love a good balloon? At a children's party for military families in Victoria, she was seen fully freaking out over a colorful balloon arch.

Princess Charlotte was a total ham up on the Buckingham Palace balcony at Trooping the Colour. She's clearly mastered her family's signature move: the royal wave.

See more photos of the Cambridge kids at Trooping.

Princess Charlotte's striking resemblance to her great-grandmother first became apparent in an official portrait of the Queen with her five great-grandchildren and two youngest grandchildren, taken in honor of Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

This portrait was taken at the family's home in Norfolk in April and shows Charlotte playing on the grounds of the estate.

In honor of Princess Charlotte's 4th birthday, Kensington Palace released a trio of pictures of the young royal.

Kensington Palace released a series of photos taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in honor of Charlotte's first birthday. The candids marked the beginnings of the princess's reign as a style icon in her own right.

In addition to her royal duties, Duchess Kate is also a skilled photographer. Case in point, this candid portrait of Charlotte with her favorite stuffed puppy.

Something of an early Christmas gift, the palace released a series of photos in November 2015 along with the statement: "The Duke and Duchess continue to receive warm messages about Princess Charlotte from all around the world and they hope that everyone enjoys these lovely photos as much as they do."


With their eldest child not among those intended to return to the classroom, the royal parents are keen to maintain the routine they have established during the pandemic.

The private school is also understood they have the capacity to have an extra year group back before the end of the summer term.

If this is year 2, William, 37, and Kate, 38, are likely to send their son, six, and daughter, five, back at the same time.

Earlier this month, the duchess discussed the realities of homeschooling in lockdown during an interview on TV show This Morning.

Kate and host Holly Willoughby bonded over the difficulties of each keeping three children occupied with school work as they turned teacher.

The duchess said: "George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte's projects!

"Like making spider sandwiches - it's far cooler than doing literacy work."

Of the difficulties of explaining the measures imposed by the coronavirus pandemic to kids, she added: "It's really hard and we hadn't done a huge amount of face time or calls before but we are doing that a lot more now.

"We try to check in daily with family members, and speak to them about news, and things like that so in some ways we have more face time and contact with them than we would before.

"But it's hard to explain to a five, and a six, nearly seven-year-old, what's going on. But, the schools have been great in supporting them so we have the support."

It comes as the duke revealed the "hardest time is dinner time" with their young kids, who also include one-year-old son Prince Louis.

Speaking via video call to a charity in Glasgow this week, he admitted: "It depends what's on the table.

"If parents put something on that children love, dinner time goes very well.

"But if you put something on the table they don't want to do, that's another ball game."

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo!.

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