Prince William Jokes Homeschooling George, 6, and Charlotte, 5, Is ‘Fun’ in Lockdown: ‘Isn’t It?’
Proud dad Prince William is feeling the effects of homeschooling his two eldest kids, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with wife Duchess Kate (née Middleton) amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke of Cambridge opened up about life in quarantine with their royal brood.
“Homeschooling is fun, isn’t it?” the 37-year-old joked with other fellow parents during a Zoom call that appeared on the new BBC documentary Football, Prince William and Mental Health.
As William got candid about the struggles of filling in as his kids’ teacher, he hilariously revealed George, 6, and Charlotte, 5, aren’t the only ones learning a lot. “You start to worry about how little you remember from your school days when you can’t do the math questions at home,” he divulged. “The challenges of lockdown, hey!”
The doting dad of three — who also shares Prince Louis, 2, with the Duchess of Cambridge, 38 — has been self-isolating with his family at their country home at Anmer Hall since COVID-19 became widespread earlier this year. While chatting with the BBC in April, Kate gave fans a rare glimpse inside her life as a mom.
“The children have got such stamina, I don’t know how,” the royal beauty shared of their daily routine. “Honestly, you get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things that you’ve done in that day. So, you pitch a tent, take the tent down again, cook, bake. You get to the end of the day — they have had a lovely time — but it is amazing how much you can cram into one day, that’s for sure.”
However, the stunning duchess revealed their time in quarantine, especially homeschooling, wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies. During an appearance on ITV’s This Morning in early May, Kate opened up about the “hard” struggle of being a mom amid the outbreak.
“George gets very upset because he just wants to do all of Charlotte’s projects,” she explained, pointing out her eldest child’s homework is more complicated. “Making spider sandwiches is far cooler than doing literacy work.”
The royal couple — who tied the knot in 2011 — may have to get used to homeschooling their kiddos considering there’s a chance their children might not return to their school in London, Thomas’s Battersea, in the fall after the coronavirus pandemic ends.
According to the Sunday Times, the institution has to follow guidelines given by the U.K. government, which is only allowing students to return who are in “reception, year 1 and year 6.” Because George is in year 2, deeming him ineligible to go back, Kate and William are still deciding if they want to keep their children together or not.
It looks like we’ll have to stay tuned!
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