Kate Middleton wants George to go to her old school rather than Williams

Kate Middleton doesn't want son George to go to Eton because she reportedly wants him to "spread his wings".

The claims were made by a friend of the Duchess of Cambridge who said she would prefer the young Prince, eight, to go to Marlborough College where she got her secondary education.

Prince William attended Eton from the age of 13 before going to St Andrew's University, where he and Kate met.

However, sources close to the Duchess say the couple are already thinking about secondary school, according to the Express.

A friend of Kate previously told the Daily Mail: "Eton hasn’t been ruled out but they have talked at length about Marlborough as an option and the smart money is on George going there instead.

"William and Catherine surprised many with their choice of Thomas's Battersea for George over more traditional royal schools but picked it because they felt it was the right fit for him.

"They are very keen to allow George to spread his wings as a child and won’t ever do what people expect them to do when it comes to their children."

Both George and sister Charlotte, six, attend prestigious independent school Thomas’s Battersea in southwest London several miles from Kensington Palace.

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Youngest child Prince Louis, who is three, will continue at Willcocks Nursery School, where he started last April.

George, who is third-in-line to the throne, will remain at the south London day school despite it being a tradition for royal children to be sent to board at around his age.

Prince William and younger brother Harry were sent to independent preparatory school Ludgrove at eight before going to Eton College.

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The Wiltshire-based school is allegedly being considered in order to give George a "less traditional" education.

Both Eton and Marlborough schools take full-time boarders from the age of 13, though Marlborough seeks a mixed ability intake and is less competitive than Eton. It also boasts an observatory, 280 acres of grounds, and a swimming pool with a movable floor to change its depth.

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed her time at Marlborough, having joined midway through the academic year after allegedly being bullied by other girls at Downe House – a boarding school in Berkshire.

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According to friend Gemma Williamson, Kate "had very little confidence" when she first arrived but it soon changed. Ms Williamson told the Daily Mail when Kate returned to school aged 16, after a long summer break, she was "an absolute beauty" and that "every boy in the school fancied her rotten".

Kate’s teacher Denise Allford added: “Pippa was a tomboy but Kate lost her braces and looked stunning. She was wearing make-up and looked amazing.

"She was apparently top of the 'Fit List' which boys would sometimes pin on the walls. Kate’s confidence grew."

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