Prince George Won't Be Allowed to Have a Best Friend at School

It sounds odd, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

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Last week, four-year-old Prince George started school and—just in case you haven't seen the pictures—he looked mega cute in his little blue uniform as he rolled up to the gates with his dad Prince William. The young royal now attends Thomas's school in Battersea, London, where he'll probably be making lifelong friends as we speak.

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But if the school has got anything to do with it, Prince George won't be making a best friend there. Speaking on Loose Women last week, panelist Jane Moore—who lives locally to the prep school as well as having friends whose children attend—revealed Thomas's has a policy which discourages children to have a singular best friend.

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"There are signs everywhere saying 'be kind'—that's the ethos of the school," Moore told her fellow presenters, adding: "They don't encourage you to have best friends."

The idea behind it is that the school doesn't want any of the children to feel left out. Thomas's also ensures there's no excluding of pupils outside the school gates as well as inside, with some pretty unique rules on birthday party invites.

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"There's a policy that if your child is having a party—unless every child is invited—you don't give out the invites in class," Moore shared with viewers, commenting: "I think [it] is quite a good thing as you don't feel excluded."

Last week it was also confirmed exactly what name Prince George would go by at school, satiating our endless curiosity over all things royal. The four-year-old will be known as George Cambridge to his pals (plural, remember, no best friends here) in class, taking his surname from his parents' royal titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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Catriona Harvey-Jenner
Catriona Harvey-Jenner

Cat is Cosmopolitan UK's features editor covering women's issues, health and current affairs. newsfeatures and health. The route to her heart is a simple combination of pasta and cheese (somewhat ironic considering the whole health writing thing), and she finds it difficult to commit to TV series so currently has about 14 different ones on the go.