Back to school time is here, and everyone is posting cute photos of their kids holding signs with what they want to be when they grow up and how old they are. However, this year is different for those in the royal family. There will be no pictures and likely won’t be many pictures in the future of back-to-school days.
Last year, fans of the royals exploded when a cute photo appeared of a nervous Prince George headed into his first day of school. The photo showed Prince George and dad Prince William headed to the school, while mom Kate Middleton remained on bed rest, thanks to morning sickness from being pregnant with Prince Louis. Now this year, Prince George has started the second year at Thomas’s Battersea and his sister, Princess Charlotte, began year two of preschool at Willcocks Nursery School.
There is a simple and yet very good reason why there are no pictures of the two tots. Both Prince William and Kate Middleton want school to remain a private and pressure-free place for the children, and so public photos won’t be a yearly occurrence. Photos will only be released when there is a special occasion, such as last year when George started primacy school after attending preschool. In January, Princess Charlotte started at nursery school, and at the time mom showed two pictures of her where she was sitting on the steps wearing a red coat, pink scarf, and a backpack.
It makes sense that Kate Middleton and Prince William would want to have some privacy. The world has been obsessed with their every move since their wedding in April 2011 and before. Prince William has grown up in the public eye and the spotlight, and wants to make sure that George, Charlotte, and Louis don’t have to deal with some of the trials that he and his brother, Prince Harry, had to go through growing up. A royal expert shares that both William and Kate want to bring up their children as normally as possible. Children of the royal family have always been sheltered to an extent, but Princess Diana did make an effort to have more normal moments with William and Harry by taking them to an amusement park or fast food restaurant.
In order to give their children a more normal childhood, the royal couple spends a lot of time outside London to give them a break from the paparazzi. They spend many school holidays at their Norfolk home and escape to the country. Many photos that you see of the royal children aren’t by a professional photographer, and instead are ones the couple takes themselves. They have even issued warnings to the press about the paparazzi photos and aggressive tactics being used.
You will be able to see more of the royal children in October as they attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding, so look out for some photos then as Princess Charlotte is supposed to be a flower girl and Prince George a pageboy.