The reason Princess Charlotte isn't allowed a best friend at school laid bare


Princess Charlotte, six, joined her older brother Prince George, eight, at Thomas’s School in Battersea back in 2019. But the move to the £18,000-a-year south-west London independent school comes with a slightly different catch.

While many young Brits will expect to meet their best friend during their time at school, the Cambridges eldest children are not allowed to have just one best friend while still in the classroom.

This is because the independent school has reportedly come up with a rule to prevent pupils from being left out.

Loose Women panellist and royal reporter Jane Moore said: “It’s a really great little school actually for the reasons I think that it really focuses on kindness, it’s a really big thing in that school and the pastoral care is amazing.

“There’s a policy that if your child is having a party, unless every child in the class is invited, you don’t give out invites in class.

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“There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school.

“They don’t encourage you to have best friends.”

Thomas’s commitment to kindness is embodied in their ‘Be Kind’ motto and their special values.

These values include kindness, courtesy, honesty, respect, perseverance, independence, confidence, leadership, humility and being givers, not takers.

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The school’s website added: “We aim to equip our pupils to lead by example and to recognise service as a powerful form of leadership; to be prepared to stand out from the crowd; to be the first to respond to someone in need; to stand up for what they believe to be right; to challenge what they know to be wrong; to risk making an unpopular decision, if they believe it to be for the greater good; to earn the trust and respect of others.”

But George and Charlotte are not the first members of the Royal Family to be prevented from making a best friend at school.

Queen Elizabeth II and her late sister Margaret followed the same rule because the pair were homeschooled.

Royal education has changed since with members of the Firm attending schools such as Marlborough College, Gordonstoun and even Eton College.

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Royals have also gone on to graduate from university.

Prince Charles’s 2:2 degree from Cambridge in 1970 is even said to have marked the first university degree achieved by a British royal or heir to the throne.


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