Kate 'heartbroken' over William's plans for George but has finally accepted his 'destiny'

Kate Middleton has reportedly given into Prince William's plans to have their eldest son Prince George follow in his footsteps and head off to one of the country's most prestigious boarding schools, according to an insider.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were seen touring round Eton College's headquarters with the young heir last June which sparked speculation about whether or not George would attend the same school as his father William and uncle Prince Harry in just a few years time.

A source claimed last year that the Princess of Wales is dreading the time when her son packs up and leaves for boarding school but she has finally accepted that it's part of his destiny as a royal, the Express reports.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, accompanied by their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a settling in afternoon at Lambrook School, near Ascot in Berkshire.
Kate Middleton is said to be dreading her eldest son leaving their family home to attend boarding school someday -Credit:Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The insider said: "Kate long disagreed with her husband about sending him away, even though it’s tradition.

"Kate thinks sending him to such a stuffy, upper-crust institution goes against all of their efforts to modernise the monarchy.

"Plus, she’ll miss George desperately. She and William argued about it for years, but he has finally won.”

William first enrolled at the Berkshire school in 1995 where he boarded at the school during the weeks and took a break at the weekend to visit his grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth at the nearby Windsor Castle.

The insider claims that Kate "finally gave in" after accepting George's desire "to be just like his father," and join the £15,432-a-term exclusive school.

Speaking to In Touch Weekly, they added: "But she’s still heartbroken. She was horribly bullied at her first boarding school, and can’t bear the thought of George suffering through that.”

However, the Princess of Wales still has a few years to cherish her eldest son's company before he heads off to boarding school as pupils at Eton usually begin at 13.

Prince William At Eton
Prince William attended the £46k a year Eton boys school when he was a young boy from 1995 -Credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images

Eton's entrance exam consists of a 150-minute verbal and mental reasoning test which candidates will generally require a score of 125 or above to be considered.

The Prince and Princess of Wales relocated to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor in 2022 and moved all three of their children to the local Lambrook school.

The source suggested that George would be able to visit his family every weekend while at Eton like his father used to with his grandparents when they were in residence at the castle while he was a student.

They added that the school is only a nine-minute drive from the family's cottage and he could still spend plenty of time with his parents and siblings.

However, like any devoted mother, Kate is still worried about how much she will miss her little boy.

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The insider added: "But it still seems as if her family is being torn apart.

"There’s also the worry that William will insist the other two kids be shipped off next. Kate knows this is all part of her ‘royal duty'."

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