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Prince William is school hunting

Press AssociationPress Association 18/05/2016 Scott D'Arcy

The Duke of Cambridge has revealed he's in the process of sorting out schools for his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

William was responding to a question as he toured the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

Kathryn England, 59, from Morden, south London, who was diagnosed in March 2015 with the early stages of breast cancer, asked about the Duke's children.

"They're both doing very well at the moment - noisy but lovely - just trying to sort out schools now, it's going very well," William replied.

Both children are expected to be privately educated and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be keen to make sure they enjoy their school days.

Two-year-old George is already following in his father's footsteps by attending a Montessori nursery.

The toddler attends the Westacre Montessori School while the family are staying at home in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, but not when they're in residence at Kensington Palace in London.

The nursery reportedly charges STG5.50 ($A10.85) an hour and has been rated as good after an Ofsted inspection in June, the same grade it received following the last inspection in 2008.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, during short private break skiing in the French Alps. © John Stillwell/PA WIRE The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Princess Charlotte and Princess George, during short private break skiing in the French Alps. Charlotte, who recently turned one, is already a fan of the book The Gruffalo, according to her father.

William and Kate will be conscious of choosing schools that are right for the pair, and could well draw on their own experiences.

Both William and Prince Harry were taught at a Montessori nursery at Mrs Mynors School in west London, while Kate went to a nursery in the Jordanian capital Amman where her family were living at the time.

From the age of four the Duke went to Wetherby School, also in west London, before spending five years at Ludgrove School in Berkshire.

Kate's prep school was St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, where she returned for a visit in 2012 shortly before the announcement she was pregnant.

She joined the public school, where fees are up to STG4,980 per term, in 1986 when her family returned to the UK from Jordan.

As a 14-year-old, Kate withdrew from independent girls' school Downe House in Cold Ash, Berkshire, after just two terms when she was bullied.

She started afresh at Marlborough College, a co-educational boarding school in Wiltshire, where she went on to blossom, captaining the hockey team and doing well in her exams.

George and Charlotte's grandfather the Prince of Wales also had a difficult time at secondary school.

He was sent to Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland, following in the footsteps of the Duke of Edinburgh, but was picked on and described his days there as "a prison sentence".

The royal couple's choice of school could also have a significant impact for the institutions themselves.

Interest in Montessori nurseries soared as a result of the enrolment of the third-in-line to the throne, with parents keen on signing up their children to the same education as the future king.

Publicity surrounding Kate's time at Marlborough College has benefited the school, allowing it to expand overseas.

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