Eton College May Have Some Competition for Prince George's Educational Future

His mother, the Princess of Wales, was seen at her alma mater recently.

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Since early summer—when the Prince and Princess of Wales and their eldest child, Prince George, were seen touring William’s alma mater, Eton College—it has been all but assumed that George would enroll there when he is able (September 2026, when he is 13 years old).

But now, there’s a shakeup in the fold: Kate was seen at her alma mater, Marlborough College. Could George be up for consideration there, as well? (While Eton is all-boys, Marlborough is co-ed, and, in addition to Kate, her younger siblings Pippa and James also attended, as did Princess Eugenie. Marlborough stands a fighting chance for this reason—if George attended there, both of his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, could eventually join him there. All three currently attend co-ed Lambrook School together.) 

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis together

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“Catherine was here [at Marlborough] the other day,” a source told Richard Eden of The Daily Mail. “It’s been the talk of the school.”

The Wales kids attending Marlborough would be a break from royal tradition, just as William (and later Prince Harry) attending Eton was once a shakeup to the norm. William was the first senior royal to attend Eton, enrolling in 1995 at age 13; his father, King Charles, and grandfather, Prince Philip, attended Gordonstoun in Scotland. Eton wasn’t totally unfamiliar, though—the brother and father of William’s mother, Princess Diana, both went there.

Princess Diana, Prince William, Prince Harry

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While at Eton, William would pop over to the nearby Windsor Castle for Sunday lunches with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. “The prince takes his style from his royal grandmother, who intervened as the marriage of William’s parents dissolved in 1995,” said royal historian Robert Lacey, per People. “The 13-year-old was in a fragile place—alone and just starting boarding at the elite Eton College across the river from Windsor. Concerned for her grandson’s emotional state, the Queen invited William up to join her when Eton boys went home for the weekend.”

Marie Claire has previously reported that Kate is not a fan of sending George to Eton to board—just one of many ways that Kate is demonstrating a new way to parent a future monarch. “Coming from a different background, she appreciates the importance of having family time,” a source close to the royal household told People. “She wasn’t brought up in that aristocratic setting where you see the children for a short time each day.” 

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis together

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William and Kate are currently off duty spending time with their kids, who are on half-term break from school. They’ll resume royal duties on October 30, the same day the kids go back to school. “Those children look pretty happy with life,” a Palace source told People. “A lot of it is the stabilizing normality Kate brings—and that’s how she grew up. William absolutely loves it.”

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.