They may be royal and attending a posh primary school, but Prince William and Duchess Kate’s children Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge are following the same rules as all the other students in London: no return to school yet.
Under rapidly changing lockdown measures in response to a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced all primary schools in the sprawling city will stay closed after the winter break due to the pandemic. That includes the Cambridge kids’ school, Thomas’s Battersea, the pricey private school that George, 7, has attended since 2017 and Charlotte, 5, since 2019. The school is located across the River Thames from the Cambridge home in Kensington Palace, a short drive away.
The news, yet another government reversal on pandemic measures, was greeted as “the right decision” by Khan. It’s unclear how long the closures will last. “The Govt has u-turned and now none of London’s primary schools will open on Monday,” Khan tweeted on Friday. “It is good news that the Government has finally seen sense and announced this u-turn,” his statement said. “The government’s original decision was ridiculous and has been causing immense confusion for parents, teachers and staff across the capital.” Britain has been divided up into “tiers” where lockdown restrictions vary region to region depending on the number of COVID-19 cases and the status of local hospitals.
London is in the most restrictive category, Tier 4, with rules including a general stay-at-home order except for medical reasons, to buy food, exercise outdoors or carry out work that can’t be done from home. Businesses including nonessential shops, gyms and hairdressers must close.