Reminder: No one knows if the Cambridges are actually moving to Berkshire

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Last month, a curious story popped up on the Daily Mail. You know it was important and significant because there have been no follow-ups on it. According to the Mail’s well-informed sources, Prince William and Kate have been “house-hunting” in and around Berkshire, which is where Carole and Mike Middleton live, and where Pippa and James have also bought property. The claim was that Will and Kate are perhaps bored with Norfolk and bored with London, and they’re looking to relocate. They’ve also been inquiring about schools in the area. It felt like the story was a precursor to Kate setting up her own separate life (with the children) near her parents while William goes and does whatever he wants. Taken with Prince George’s birthday this week, there are more conversations about schools and the Cambridge kids. Which led to this story:

Princess Charlotte “will miss” her big brother if George goes away to boarding school, Royal experts have said. But the “independent and outgoing” princess, six, who is a “little leader”, will ultimately be fine without her big brother beside her, they added.

With George set to turn eight later this month, the same age William was when he left London to board, speculation is mounting that the young prince could follow family tradition. Both George and Charlotte currently attend Thomas’s Battersea, which goes up to the age of 13. But Princes William and Harry both moved to Ludgrove School, Berkshire, from the age of eight – before studying at Eton.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gerts Royals blog, told the Daily Star: “Princess Charlotte will of course miss her big brother, as any child would. But she will be fine when Prince George heads off to boarding school. She seems like a very independent child. 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 and the Cambridge Family on the news.”

Brittani Barger, Deputy Editor of Royal Central, agreed, saying of 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.”

Last month, The Daily Mail reported the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had been enquiring about schools in Berkshire for their children, as well as nearby homes.

[From The Sun]

It’s basically a journalistic feint – they’re talking about how Charlotte will handle the possibility of George going to boarding school, but the real point of the story is to remind everyone that Will and Kate are being very squirrelly about their living arrangements and whether George (the future future future king) will be going to boarding school in a few months’ time. If George ends up going to boarding school, will the Cambridges package that information with news of a “move” to Berkshire, “to be close to George,” if necessary? And will we find out that it’s merely Kate doing the moving and William’s whereabouts are still unknown?

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I swear, they really will just quote anyone in these rags. Gert is getting quoted now and treated as some sort of expert? How on earth does she have any idea what is going on in House Cambridge or what Charlotte is like?

    Anyway, that aside, this is an interesting article because it serves as a reminder that George may be going to boarding school and it may be in Berkshire and the Cambridges may be moving there (or some of them at any rate.) If Kate does move out that way, where will Charlotte go to school? Will they keep her in london? (maybe Kate is in London during the weeks and goes to Berkshire on weekends?)

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      Do you honestly believe Kate would ever leave the impression that she doesn’t live with her kids full time?

      • Becks1 says:

        Of course not, because then she would have no excuse not to work, lol. So that’s why this discussion seems strange to me. Maybe this is a move for the future – George goes to boarding school in Berkshire, when Charlotte starts in two years (either at the same school or a different one in the area depending on where George goes) Kate moves to Berkshire full time and that’s when they’ll buy a house?

    • Ginger says:

      Yeah, that was really strange. She doesn’t know Charlotte or has ever met her but knows her personality and if she will miss George. How do we know Charlotte is independent and a leader? Because the Daily Mail told us so? They used to say Harry was an idiot and that wasn’t true. The tabloids are really scrambling now if they are using a fan as their source.

    • Nanea says:

      Reading that blurb from The Scum made me pause too when I read this.

      Gert’s Royals as a source?
      A misogynoir Deranger blog?

      How low can those people go?

    • Nic919 says:

      Gert lives outside of Detroit and knows as much about what the Cambridges are doing as I do. Copying the court circular is the extent of her work and she doesn’t even have insider connections like the rota. It’s crazy to start quoting her as if she knows anything about Charlotte.

      All I can say is that talk of sending George to boarding school now is quite different from what they were saying a few years ago because supposedly Kate was going to be different and not send her kids to boarding school at such a young age because she was a “hands on” mother. That the narrative has changed on this suggests there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that we don’t know. There would be no reason for George to leave Battersea right now. Even the article states the school is open for children up to age 13 so why move him out now?

      • Lemons says:

        I really do not understand sending your kids at that age to boarding school unless you are unable to be present in the home…

    • The Recluse says:

      Indeed, the writer carries on as though she is a member of the family. So very presumptive.
      That said, I don’t understand this whole boarding school thing.

  2. Lori says:

    They talk as if Louis doesn’t exist.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      In their world, he doesn’t.

    • The Duchess says:

      Sadly, he doesn’t. He’s the spare of the spare of the heir. A child created through his mother’s keenness and his father’s gardening. It’s sad.

      • booboocita says:

        More like the spare of the heir of the heir of the heir. The line of succession is: Charles (heir), then William (heir), then George (heir), then Charlotte (spare). So far away from the throne that the press just doesn’t care about him. That could be his salvation, actually. If he can stand up to the pressure of growing up in the royal household, he might have the opportunity to forge his own path in life. I realize that’s a tall order for anyone.

      • Betsy says:

        @booboocita – he occupies the same place in the birth order as Andy. Let’s hope there’s a little less entitlement being taught to these kids (ha. As if).

      • Becks1 says:

        @Betsy yes, he has the same place in the birth order, but not in the royal pecking order. For the first 22 years of his life, Andrew was second in line to the throne and has always been the second son of a sitting monarch. Louis will likely never be second in line to the throne and there is probably 20 or 30 years before he’s the son of a monarch.

        Meaning – hopefully there is less entitlement with him as a result.

      • Courtney B says:

        @booboocita it’s like if he was actually Edward if the queen had him while her father was still alive and she was 70. George vi (monarch) —elizabeth (Charles—heir)—Charles (William—heir to the heir)—William (George—heir to the heir to the heir)—Charlotte (Andrew since Anne was 4th then as the hadn’t changed birth order to when you were born vs gender—spare to the heir to the heir of the heir)—Louis (Edward—spare to the spare to the heirx3)

      • notasugarhere says:

        Charlotte (not Louis) is the spare to George.

  3. notasugarhere says:

    ‘And will we find out that it’s merely Kate doing the moving and William’s whereabouts are still unknown?’

    A strong possibility. Katie moving to Berkshire so George can be a day student, not a boarder. All under the guise of being hands-on parents, while it is really a way to hide the separation. Will they find a Crown Estate property at Windsor to shove Kate in, or will this new house be another post-nup purchase by William like Middleton Manor 2.0.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      Probably the latter.

      Although I can’t help but wonder if one of the reasons William was so pissy with Harry was because he wanted Frogmore for that reason.

    • L84Tea says:

      I absolutely suspect that this is all part of a hidden separation that accidentally made its way to the public.

    • Becks1 says:

      I think its going to be another post-nup house – or rather, pre-separation house. I think Kate is going to get the house near her parents and then we will either hear in a few years that they are divorcing or they will just continue to live completely separate lives for the next 50 years – Kate in Berkshire, William in London and Norfolk.

      • anance says:

        @Becks – Is Berkshire close to Eaton?

      • Becks1 says:

        I think it is, Eton is in Windsor and someone on here a few weeks ago said that if Kate moved to Windsor, that would put her pretty close to her family in Bucklebury.

    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      Well, the same strategy worked for Princess Grace and Prince Rainier when they wanted to quietly separate. No reason to reinvent the wheel.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        It worked for Daisy and Henrik too. They hadn’t lived together since the mid 80s when he finally died.

    • Jax says:

      I think that George may be attending as a day student. Remember how hard Kate had it at boarding school and changed to another because of bullying. I can see her putting her foot down on this one and it for Will it gets her in another place.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate didn’t change schools because of bullying, that whole bullying story was debunked. She went to the first school because getting into the sister school to Eton was too difficult. They were overwhelmed with applicants the year William was entering Eton. Kate spent one year at the other school, then moved to the sister school of Eton the next year after the big rush of applicants was done. Using the whole ‘middle class girl bullied by aristocrats’ lie to get in. The stalking started early.

    • Jax says:

      I can see Kate putting her foot down if George is going to board. Plus near Mommy.

  4. Emily says:

    Their cover story makes no sense. Why would you need to move next to a boarding school? Isn’t the whole point of it that the kid lives there?

    • Weatherby says:

      Especially when Kate was so vocal about her struggles of being a day student, and not a boarder. Remember all those claims of bullying? (Some turned out to be completely fabricated, since no one would leave nasty things on her bed when she didn’t have one!).

      Personally, I think the point of boarding school is to *board at the school*, otherwise you’re always a little bit left out.

      Excuse for separate living arrangements is the likeliest scenario.

    • The Hench says:

      Also, Berkshire is Right. Next. Door. to London. It would probably take as long to get out from KP on the M4 to a school in Berkshire as it does right now for them to drive through London to Thomas’s. So they are within a 45 min drive of most Berkshire schools where they are. I lived next door to Eton for 7 years and could get to my office in London outside of rush hour in 30 minutes.

      Quite aside from the fact that they don’t call it being ‘sent away’ to boarding school for no reason.

      There is absolutely no need to buy a house in Berkshire from a schooling point of view….

      • anance says:

        Then Charlotte just has a longer commute to school from Berkshire.

      • notasugarhere says:

        They’ve pulled this same trick before, hoping no one pays attention. They *had* to move their main home base to Anmer Hall for William’s pretend helo job. Turns out commute time to the base was the same from Kensington Palace or Anmer Hall.

  5. Rapunzel says:

    Charlotte is a “little leader”? Good God are they trying to make her Top CEO now? I mean…I’d believe she’s more top CEO than Kate, but…

  6. Sofia says:

    If George goes to boarding school, what exactly is the point of Kate moving there (other than wanting to be away from William)? He’s going to be at school for at least 5 days a week so having his parents close by will make no difference except the travel time needed to get to their house when he visits. And if they move, are they going to remove Charlotte and Louis from their schools and put them in a new school? The move does not make sense unless they’re separating (which they might be).

    I’ll genuinely be surprised if they decide to put George in boarding school. I know it’s a thing in the upper classes but their whole image as parents is how hands on they are from previous generations. Sending him away from 8 does not scream hands on.

    • L84Tea says:

      I think Nota’s theory above is a good one. Kate moving there under the guise of being hands on to George but really just trying to stay away from William. I think that’s a really good theory.

      • Sofia says:

        Well then it’ll be interesting to see how KP and the media will spin it because moving one (or all three) kids to go to school in Berkshire doesn’t make sense on its own and on paper.

        My guess is that they’ll frame it as W&K wanting to be closer to the Midds.

  7. NCWoman says:

    It’s astonishing to me that none of these people seem to grasp the profound psychological harm that can endure in a child sent to boarding school. It’s hard enough on teens, but to do that to an eight-year-old? Harry was not kidding with the generational pain thing.

    • Kati says:

      Thank you! I hope Kate is buying a home in Berkshire so George can be a “day student.” It breaks my heart to think of a little boy living apart from his family. As if he doesn’t need his parents as soon as he turns eight?!

      • Molly says:

        Seriously, over my dead body would my eight year old child go live somewhere else outside of my home. Absolutely not.

    • JanetDR says:

      We haven’t grown up with that tradition in the States, although there are probably some. I know that it’s traditional way for those who can afford it, but it seems so sad. *smiling at myself because everything I know about boarding school is from Kipling’s Stalky and Company and Angela Thirkell novels and possibly it’s changed since then? *😂😂😂

    • swirlmamad says:

      I can’t even imagine this myself. I can’t even bring myself to send my daughter to sleepaway camp (I realize that is temporary and has its benefits, and I have many friends who do and say it’s an amazing experience for their kids). That’s only for a few weeks or at most, a summer. To send my child away for 9 or so months out of the year? I just can’t see how that’s beneficial for a child in their formative years.

    • Over it says:

      Didn’t Kate also grow up in boarding school? This is what rich white brits do, ship their children off early. This is why these children grow up so messed up to begin with. Poor Louis. I wish people would remember he exists.

      • Becks1 says:

        Kate went to Marlborough, and she did board there. I read somewhere years ago that she had started as a day student but didn’t like it or felt she was missing out and so she switched to boarding. So she definitely wouldnt be opposed to George boarding, but 8 just seems so young to me.

      • Sid says:

        As I recall, I believe she started boarding school when she was around late middle school/ junior high school (as in the U.S.) age, as her parents didn’t become “rich” until older in her childhood. Definitely different from sending your 8-year-old away.

      • Weatherby says:

        I think she boarded once Pippa got there? Most children have a harder time being a day student, as you miss out on so much. Sports teams, for example, which hold practice in evenings.

        It’s widely told that Kate was reserved and low key, until she had Pippa to rely on. Pippa has always been the more outgoing Middleton sister, and Kate struggled on her own.

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  8. Esmerelda says:

    Frankly, considering that in their situation a divorce now would be a public mess, a quiet separation with a thin thin excuse (George’s boarding school) that the press will uphold is a good choice. Almost too good and sensible from what I expected from the Cambs. They can divorce (or not) a few years later, when the children are all in boarding school and the public has become accustomed to the de facto separation. “Conscious uncoupling”, royal style.
    For the sake of their children, I really do hope they go this way.

  9. Merricat says:

    I do think Kate and the children will move to Berkshire on the premise that George can be a day school student (how Keenly Modern). And of course, with all of his ffk duties, William will have to live in London and steal away to visit his family whenever possible (or never) while making do with holidays together (Kate and William seated as far from each other as possible, both grinning maniacally at the heir and spares).

    • anance says:

      I wasn’t aware they still holidayed together. We used to see pictures of them all the time. When was the last time they went skiing? You know they still do so—George and Charlotte are old enough for lessons.

      • equality says:

        I guess they can’t show those pictures where they fly on a private jet to ski after making such a big deal of H&M taking more than one vacation by jet.

  10. Jais says:

    The speculation about how this affects their hush hush living arrangements is really interesting but….I cannot get over sending an eight year old to boarding school!!! Trying not to judge different lifestyles but I can’t even imagine kids not living at home until college. Clearly, it’s not a world I’m gonna get but the idea of sending my eight year old to live away from me at a boarding school is really difficult. Guess I’m just questioning boarding schools in general.
    @NC woman- just saw your comment upthread and we’re on the same page

    • ClaireB says:

      Yes, the whole sending young children (esp. boys) to boarding school has never made sense to me. It certainly seems like a guarantee of emotional and mental problems, as well as contributing to the upper class’s lack of empathy. They’re all suffering from PTSD while ruling the world.

      I wonder which would be better for George: staying with his dysfunctional parents or being sent off to boarding school at 8 to participate in another generational dysfuntion.

    • Jayna says:

      I think sending a young boy of eight off to boarding school is a form of child abuse. I simply don’t understand it. Teenagers I get if you live in that world where it ‘s common.

      My friend (not from money) went to a boarding school that all of her friends went to. She was a Seventh Day Adventist. This was in high shool. She came home on the weekends. She has the absolute best memories of that period of her life.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      Yes. Most parents I know over on the continent wait until their child is 10. 8 is the youngest a child *can* go but almost everyone waits until their kid is between 10-12. The only scenario I ever saw with a younger child who sent their kid off at 8 1/2 was in a really bad marriage and was in the process of divorcing their spouse and wanted the child away from the drama. It really depends on the child and the family. The only reason I would think they’re considering boarding school now versus 10 is that their marriage is really in trouble.

      • Nic919 says:

        Children mature at different levels, but there is always a huge difference between 8 and 10 no matter who the child may be. I don’t understand boarding school for a child as young as 8 because they are still so young. If they aren’t doing a day school scenario with George, I really have to wonder how bad it is at the home, and that’s with nanny Maria around as a buffer.

  11. Ariel says:

    So bizarre to me- well he’s 8, our job as parents is done- good luck kid!
    Why bother having children.
    I know this is what the wealthy and the royal do.
    But it is horrific. And yeah, i’ll sit in judgment- incredibly bad and lazy parenting.

    • Over it says:

      I am sitting with you because I completely agree with you

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      I think this is a difference between Europe and America. It really isn’t a bad experience at all if the parents do it right. The parents are still parenting, they’re just allowing their kids to gain the skills needed to be independent and understand how the world works.

      I had an amazing experience at my boarding school. I started off at 10 and went to one just on the outskirts of Bonn. I had age appropriate input about where I wanted to go and went to one that really worked for me. In my family (which is admittedly wealthy enough to send us to boarding school), 10 is the traditional age and most people I know in Denmark wait until 10-12 if they even send their kid off at all.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        NotSoSimpleTaylor, Just as no two children are alike, I have to assume that not all boarding schools are alike. It sounds like your parents checked out the schools and with your input chose one that you were well suited to. I really hope that other parents are like yours and make sure they know what they’re sending their children into.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        S&S correct. I went to one that was specifically for girls who exhibited artistic talent of some kind. My sister went to one in northwest Denmark that was similar for 2 years but was very unhappy there. My parents switched her over to mine after 2 years and it helped that I was there keeping an eye on her and spending time with her. But my parents (and my eldest brother who is a surrogate father to me) were always involved in activities at our school and so were a lot of other parents. But there were those kids who were raised by nannies and the parents are an illusion. It shows in those kids and I felt bad for them.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Well, in the olden days (16-17th century), royal and aristocratic parents sent their children off with caretakers from infancy to about age 7, when the children would return to their parents. I didn’t mean that the children were necessarily emotionally neglected, it just meant that they formed emotional attachments with other people than their parents.

      Just an odd historical factoid.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        ArtHistorian, were they afraid someone would make them change a diaper or something?

      • Jane's Wasted Talent says:

        They did that to protect them from disease. Living in our amazing time of technology and choices, we forget what it was like for earlier generations. Infant mortality and childhood diseases were so rampant that conventional wisdom advised that you *not* bond too closely with your children, because you would just keep having your heart broken by their deaths.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        @Saucy&Sassy I would imagine the fact that 50% of everyone born back then was dead by their first birthday and slightly less than half of those remaining would die before their fifth birthday MIGHT have played a part. Mortality rates generally dropped off after 5-7 years old, so once they hit that point it’s…less painful to be a parent.

        Also, that WAS back when aristocrats actually RAN things, so they were kinda busy. Birth to 7ish does tend to be the most time-consuming part of parenting. That also tended to be the lowest age at which most apprenticeships could start back then, when one could reasonably expect a small child to perform small tasks and pay attention to some extent.

  12. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    I think it’s clear that something is underway. Even Kate is unable to hide her contempt for William any longer. It seemed cemented after William has the BM threw Kate under the bus for the whole debacle with George. I do think we are seeing a separation in progress.

  13. MrsRobinson says:

    Well, there’s also the realization that they’ll be empty nesters in 5 years, and will have no reason not to work… having the children as day students makes that less of a conundrum

  14. Shawna says:

    Did Rose run them out of Norfolk? If so, Kate’s plan to ice Rose out really, really backfired.

  15. Catherine says:

    Since George is turning eight this summer the Cambridge’s are going to at some point have to address what his school arrangement will be. I sincerely hope they don’t send him to boarding school. It’s just seems awful at that young an age. But they may be under pressure to adhere to tradition. They could easily spin it into a were being more modern parents narratives but that may not go down well with their base which seems to embrace the more regressive aristocratic ways. The more fascinating part of this is them moving away from Kensington. I don’t think they ever wanted to live there full time. It puts them in too close proximity to the media. During lockdown they went back to Norfolk which is a more comfortable place for them. I definitely could see them enrolling George at Ludgrove, having him be a day boarder only and moving to Berkshire under the guise of keeping the family together. This would allow them to sort of follow tradition while being more modern and get them out from under the greater scrutiny of being in London. Plus they would get to capitalize on Diana nostalgia by pulling out all the pictures of William going to Ludgrove.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      Forgive me but what’s so bad about boarding school? I mean, yes, obviously there are some really bad schools but if they were to theoretically choose the right school for George that works with him and his personality, and their family values, he could have an amazing experience. I actually think it’s better for George and all of them to be further away from William and Kate and whatever drama their marriage entails.

      In full disclosure, I was at a boarding school in Germany from 10-17 and I loved every second of it. It’s tradition in my family for kids to go off to school at age 10 and I think it teaches us the self-sufficiency factor that we need to navigate life. I’m grateful that my parents listened to my sister and mine’s input regarding the schools we went to. The boarding school didn’t prevent my parents from parenting (I spoke to a parent at least once per day), we always went home on weekends unless there was a need to study or we had a big project, event or something.

      • Maria says:

        None of what you mentioned is how the boarding schools that the British royals go to work.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        I just sensed from the previous comment there was an overall disdain of boarding schools in general. Yes, the way the British royals do it is awful because they’re negligent towards their children and just choose a school, not a school that works for the child. I just don’t feel that should be indicative of boarding schools overall. It can be a pretty amazing experience for some kids.

      • anance says:

        “I actually think it’s better for George and all of them to be further away from William and Kate and whatever drama their marriage entails.”

        The move to Berkshire also allows Kate and Middletons to keep stay close to George (FFFK). I’m sure the Royal Household would love to pull George and Charlotte loose from that family and keep let them have Louis.

        Charlotte can easily move to Berkshire, just a long commute to her current school.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        While I’m no advocate for bouncing kids around various schools, I don’t see why she has to stay at Battersea and not move to a school closer to Windsor. She’s young that I don’t think there will be an issue. But I’m assuming whatever decision they make for George will be made for all of them, which is stupid and what works for George may not work for Charlotte and Louis.

      • Jais says:

        @notsosimpletaylor- I literally don’t know anyone who has been to boarding school so thank you for sharing your experience. Not gonna lie, the idea of it is very outside the realm of my experience. I think it’s hard for a lot of people to understand bc it sounds like just shipping the kids off. But your experience of going home every weekend and starting at a later age does sound better. I imagine it works well for some kids and perhaps not for others, which makes it really important that the parents are listening and open to making a change if needed.

      • Merricat says:

        When I was 12, I begged to be sent to boarding school. Lol. I was (still am) a prolific reader, and so many of the best stories seemed to happen in boarding school.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        @Jais Thank you. It’s very true. For example, my sister went to a different one for two years. She wasn’t happy at hers and ended up coming over to mine. In all honesty, I’m not sure boarding school was the best idea for her but she got through.

  16. JustMe says:

    The photo of Louis left to walk on the outside without a barrier of protection by his mother from the crowd has bothered me since it was first published. His little face shows such apprehension. Kate seems oblivious to her younger son’s discomfort at being so close to the crowd.
    So much for her 5 question survey to help under 5’s as regards good mental health for children putting him in that position!

  17. AnneSurely says:

    There is absolutely no way they’re sending this boy to boarding school after a decade of ‘OUR KIDS WILL HAVE A NORMAL LIFE’ pr. It also shortens Kate’s time at home, working ‘part-time’. She’s going to milk the nurturing mother act until it’s wrung out. Allowing rumors of sending him to boarding school to build momentum will allow them to smack them down when they’re at fever pitch, reiterating 1. Their dedication to raising the kids normally, 2. how painful, isolating, and lonely boarding school was for William, and 3. Reminding everyone what a crap parent Charles was for inflicting the same pain on William that he endured.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      This feels the most true.

      • AnneSurely says:

        Their PR is paint by numbers, everyone just spins conspiracy theories bc they’re so easy to predict that folks have a hard time believing that this is the work of the mythical gray men that had Princess Diana running scared.

  18. Over it says:

    Have any of you ever wondered if George was photoshopped into this picture? He is the only one in swim shorts, looks like his hair is wet and a light fleece. The rest are in fall/winter gear. Lol.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I noticed that, but Charlotte’s hair is wet, too. I think the two older kids had been swimming at Buckingham Palace that day.

  19. Over it says:

    Can I ask why is Charlotte being painted as alone? She still has another brother, why does no one ever remember that child including his own father, Louis Louis Louis, the other brother is called louis

  20. Over it says:

    These two will never divorce.. they already live separate lives, so no need to change what works.

  21. Maria says:

    This story would be less notable to me if James and Pippa weren’t also buying property in Bucklebury. To me, that indicates something is going on, more than just separate lives (which doesn’t seem to be working successfully anyway, since they still have dueling PR and they can’t even fake it in public).

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      I think the separation is happening and everyone in Kate’s family plans to coalesce around Kate. I also think they’re doing this to avoid any media scrutiny that comes from whatever is happening behind the scenes.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Is Pippa buying an actual home too or is it just that petting zoo that was previously mentioned? I know James’ $1.5 million farmhouse was discussed, but I don’t think I heard anything beyond the zoo regarding Pippa.

    • Thirtynine says:

      Circling the wagons, I think.

  22. Mooney says:

    Conspiracy theory:

    All this shoving of Charlotte in the front recently, what if in the future, instead of king George, there’ll be a queen Charlotte??? As in George said he doesn’t want to become king, although he’s too young to understand the implications? Also you don’t say No to the firm….

    Okay ignore.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      I think Charlotte is being set up for being the new Harry.

    • Julia K says:

      If the future King George does not produce an heir, there will be a Queen Charlotte if she outlived George.

  23. Amelia says:

    Whenever Kate wears dresses with those shoulders ( red: the Alexandra Rich for the panto event) she always reminds me of Jafar from Aladdin and puffy shoulders remind me of lady tremaine 😂

  24. Lizzie says:

    Didn’t they just announce they were keeping him off sm and maybe not releasing a birthday pic due to some online bullying? But off to boarding school at 8 won’t leave him open to bullying?

    The rr will cover up the separate living situations but there is no way word won’t leak out to other countries media.

  25. ChattyCath says:

    George will be going to Eton at 13. A security nightmare as it requires pupils to walk through narrow streets to access classes. A ‘Royal Tradition’ actually insisted on by Princess Diana as ‘all Spencer boys go to Eton’. Before Charles all Royals were taught at home by tutors. Before going to Eton (public school) boys have to attend ‘prep or preparatory school from the ages of 8-13. Here they receive education in subjects such as Latin Greek and sports. They are either day or boarding. The ‘feeder’ prep schools for Eton are in Berkshire. I know as I used to be local

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      ChattyCath, interesting. It’s my understanding that if the Queen Mother had made the decision, PC would have gone to Eton. PP is the one who insisted otherwise and PC hated that school. So, I have a feeling that PC was as much of an advocate as Princess Di to send W&H to Eton.

      • ChattyCath says:

        The feeling amongst some ‘locals’ was that Eton IS a security nightmare but I expect it’ll be worked out so not much walking through the town is involved. Signs bear the legend ‘caution children crossing’ which touched me. Older pupils have always got up to no good too. Rumours of all sorts. Not much to do at weekends either, it’s dismal. So I expect George and Louis will spend their weekends at Windsor as I believe William did. . Don’t know about Harry .

    • Nic919 says:

      So I wonder if George and Charlotte will move to a feeder school in Berkshire as cover for the separation. Because there is no real reason to move them from Battersea as I am sure George will be accepted to Eton no matter what.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        I’d be willing to bet this is the case. Eton for George and Louis, Marlborough for Charlotte.

        (For the record, Eton is known as being the school where you pay for A-levels, not earn them).

  26. Gm says:

    If this turns out to be true it doesn’t seem like much of a life for Kate, if she gets a side piece she risks what she has spent her entire adult life chasing, she’s living a lie to everyone but her family ( would u trust friends to know you are separated/ seeing someone else?) and the risk W may find his own Camilla and divorce you. So I doubt separation per se, maybe new house where W drops in but true separation?

  27. Sally says:

    The boarding school is just a cover for the fact that they are moving to lead separate lives. Actually the kids being at a boarding school would make it easier to keep up the pretense. I’m sure they’ll come together on weekends and appear to be a happy family.