Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Prince William and Kate Middleton vowed that they would be doing the school run when Prince George started at Thomas’s Battersea, and they have stayed true to their word. The Duke and Duchess’s eldest child started school last week, and the adorable pictures melted hearts worldwide.
Kate was unable to take the little royal to school on his first day after announcing that her third pregnancy has left her with acute morning sickness, and despite George looking nervous as he approached his new classroom, William later revealed that his son’s first day ‘went well’.
After it was reported that George isn’t the only little royal in the classroom, many assumed that he already had a best friend on his daunting first day – but there’s actually a rule at Thomas’s that discourages any of the children from having a BFF.
Loose Women panellist Jane Moore lives near the school and admitted that many of her friends have children in the school. The students are encouraged to be friendly with all of their classmates, and not to pick a favourite friend.
‘There are signs everywhere saying ‘be kind’ – that’s the ethos of the school,’ she said on the show last week. ‘They don’t encourage you to have best friends.’
It is reportedly the school’s aim to make every child feel included, and this also extends to birthday parties.
Jane continued: ‘There’s a policy that if your child is having a party – unless every child is invited – you don’t give out the invites in class.
‘I think it is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded.’
While the idea of stopping the children from having best friends sounds unusual, the idea behind it is actually very kind and inclusive. Prince George might not get a bestie, but we’re sure he won’t be short of friends.