Saturday 21 October 2017

Prince Charles had an interesting take on Prince George's first day of school: 'Poor old thing!'

Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Prince George arrives with the Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea in London, as he starts his first day of school
Handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George on his first day of school
Prince William and his son George with Helen Haslem of Thomas’s Battersea on his first day at the London school Picture: Reuters
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school on September 7, 2017 in southwest London. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Richard PohleRICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George (R) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George (C) accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school where he is met by Helen Haslem (R) head of the lower school in southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Prince George on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George and his father the Duke of Cambridge on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George and his father the Duke of Cambridge on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George meets teacher Helen Haslem alongside his father the Duke of Cambridge on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George meets teacher Helen Haslem alongside his father the Duke of Cambridge on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Prince George on his first day at school at Thomas's Battersea (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
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18 month old Imogen Holm pulls the braid on the uniform of the Britain's Prince Charles, at an reception following the naming ceremony of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales at the dockyard in Rosyth, Scotland September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
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Prince Charles has spoken about his grandson Prince George's first day of school, describing it as "character building".

The 68-year-old, seemingly unaware of the concept of primary school, said: "Poor old thing. He’s been left there to have to get on with it when the parents go away. That’s the problem. It’s good for you in the end, I suppose. It’s character building, I suppose."

When asked by ITV News if he gave the four-year-old any advice ahead of his first day at 'big school' at Thomas' Battersea in London, he replied, unsurprisingly, "Of course not."

"He wouldn't take it from me, I don’t think, at that age," he added.

18 month old Imogen Holm pulls the braid on the uniform of the Britain's Prince Charles, at an reception following the naming ceremony of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales at the dockyard in Rosyth, Scotland September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool
18 month old Imogen Holm pulls the braid on the uniform of the Britain's Prince Charles, at an reception following the naming ceremony of the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales at the dockyard in Rosyth, Scotland September 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jane Barlow/Pool

While most children's first day is usually well documented by their parents, George's was more of a media milestone as the world's press were on hand to document his first day, where he was joined by his father Prince William as his mother Kate Middleton was too ill to attend.

But Charles had more to say about George's experience at the tender age of four.

"At that age you don’t worry quite a lot about going to school as you do when you get a bit older. It’s that business of meeting new people and wondering, you know."

George has been enrolled in a montessori near their country estate in Norfolk, Amner Hall, but the young royals moved to Kensington Palace earlier this year to focus on being full-time royals.

Handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George on his first day of school
Handout photo released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the Duke of Cambridge with his son Prince George on his first day of school

Afterwards, William revealed his son's first day "went well", adding, "There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children so I was quite pleased I wasn't the one." The young prince will be known as George Cambridge to his classmates.

His mother has already said she is not sure her son "has any idea what's going to hit him'' when he starts school.

Britain's Prince George arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images

Meanwhile, it's all hands on deck for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who announced last week that Kate is expecting the couple's third child. She famously sufferes with severe morning sickness -  hyperemesis gravidarum - which forced her to cancel a number of engagements.

"There's not much sleep going on at the moment," William said after announcing the baby news, earlier than planned.

"We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating. It's always a bit anxious to start with, but she's well."

Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince George accompanied by Britain's Prince William (L), Duke of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school at Thomas's school in Battersea, southwest London on September 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images

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