Mike Tindall bucks royal tradition and won't send daughter Mia away to boarding school
Former rugby star Mike Tindall and wife Zara Martin will be forging their own path in refusing to send their daughter to boarding school.
While Zara's cousin Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are transforming the role of the modern monarchy by raising their children at Amner Hall, Tindall is hoping for a similarly trailblazing approach when it comes to raising his pride and joy.
It's common practice for members of the royal family to attend prestigious boarding schools, but Tindall said he'd prefer for her to follow in his footsteps as a day student at a private school.
"I'm certainly not keen on sending Mia away to a boarding school at the other end of the country," he told the Daily Mail.
Mike, who was a day student at a private school in Wakefield, England, as a child, would prefer Mia to follow a similar path.
"I know many people who say boarding was the making of them because they forged great independence from their parents, but I don’t really want her to be distanced from us.
"Personally, I'd rather she attend a school that's nearby, where we'll always be on hand if she needs us," he said. "Anything else goes against my instincts."
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Mia's second cousin Prince George is enrolled in local Montessori school in Norfolk and while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are said to be eyeing up potential schools for him and younger sister Prince George, it's unclear if and when they will attend.
Prince William attended Ludgrove School when he was eight years old.
Meanwhile, Kate and William are said to be planning on adding a third child to their brood sooner rather than later.
In a profile by Vanity Fair, sources told the publication, “They want at least three kids and for them to be close in age.”
The couple are based in their country estate Amner Hall and travel to their apartment at Kensington Palace for overnight stays and royal business in London, but intend on living there until they are called up to duty.
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"It’s no secret that William doesn’t like the media intrusion into his life, and in the country he can escape,” a family friend told the mag.
“The Queen and the Prince of Wales have given their blessing for William to live this life, and William is very grateful. It’s enabling him and Kate to raise their family in a way that’s as close to ordinary as they can get.”
“William doesn’t want George and Charlotte going through some of the experiences he went through growing up. Everything he does regarding his family is very deliberate.”