Why Prince George and Princess Charlotte argue over homeschooling

Like so many other families across the UK, Kate Middleton and Prince William have entered back into the world of homeschooling their children this week, as England was placed under yet more tight national lockdown restrictions. In an announcement made on Monday night (4 January), Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation that primary schools, secondary schools and colleges must “move to remote provision” because “we now have to do everything we possibly can to stop the spread of the disease.”

While clearly necessary for the coronavirus pandemic, the update will not have been the most welcome of news to busy parents, who spent much of last year trying to juggle childcare, education and their own jobs. And although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have access to many more privileges than most, they too will probably be sighing in frustration about the prospect of having to restart homeschool this week.

The Cambridges’ eldest two children – seven-year-old Prince George and five-year-old Princess Charlotte – are in year 3 and year 1 respectively, and therefore require more intensive guidance than older kids might. So it’s no surprise that, mid-lockdown in spring last year, William and Kate were open about the struggles they were having with it all.

In an interview with the BBC’s Tina Daheley, for the launch of the Public Health England ‘Every Mind Matters’ mental health campaign, Kate Middleton said there had been plenty of “ups and downs, probably like lots of families self-isolating.”

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“We’ve had lots of homeschooling, which is challenging,” Kate went on to say, adding that structure was something of a lifeline to keep the whole family going. “We’ve kept to a pretty strict routine here at home. That’s massively helped us all actually,” said Kate, before husband William sarcastically chimed in: “Yeah, homeschooling’s fun…”

And it seems there’s an extra dynamic for the royal parents to handle when it comes to homeschool – disagreements between the children. Speaking during an appearance on This Morning last May, the Duchess said some tension had arisen about the different work George and Charlotte were being given.

“George gets very upset because he wants to do Charlotte’s projects. Because making things like spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work!” revealed Kate. We feel you, George.

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But ultimately, despite any arguments, William and Kate clearly found that homeschooling was the way forward. So much so, that they decided to continue it through the Easter holiday break last year so as not to disrupt their routine.

“Don’t tell the children, we’ve actually kept it going through the holidays – I feel very mean!” Kate Middleton told Tina Deheley. “It’s just having that bit of structure. And it’s great, there’s so many great tips online and fun activities that you can do with the children, so it hasn’t been all hardcore.”

Well, William and Kate, we wish you luck with round two…

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