Prince George and Princess Charlotte Aren't Allowed to Have Best Friends at School

It has nothing to do with the fact that they're royal.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte
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  • At school, being royal doesn't earn you any special treatment apparently, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte (opens in new tab) are bound by their school's strict rules.
  • The young royals attend Thomas's Battersea (opens in new tab), which discourages students from having "best friends," has a rule requiring students to invite everyone in their class to any parties or events held outside of school.
  • The policy is part of Thomas's Battersea's mission to promote kindness and inclusion among its students.

There are places where being a member of the royal family (opens in new tab) has its perks—but school is apparently not one of them (opens in new tab).

Prince George and Princess Charlotte (opens in new tab) are heirs to a literal monarchy, but they still have to follow their school's strict rules, including one that prohibits students from having "best friends" in their class (opens in new tab).

Specifically, the young royals' school, Thomas's Battersea (opens in new tab), has a rule in place that prohibits students from selectively inviting classmates to parties they hold outside of school.

British journalist Jane Moore (opens in new tab) recently explained the rule in an interview on ITV's Loose Women (opens in new tab).

"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," Moore said, according to The Mirror. "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 the invites in class, which I think is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded."

Moore says the school discourages "best friends" and puts an emphasis on inclusion across the board.

"There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school," she explained. "They don’t encourage you to have best friends."

As school—and royal—rules go, this is a pretty amazing one.


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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.