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