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The Prince of Wales has been urged to consider sending his eldest son and future King to a state school. Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich, made the argument for Prince George not to follow Prince William’s footsteps when it comes to his future education.
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While he said the decision about the education the nine-year-old will receive is a “matter for his parents” to decide, he told the Mail on Sunday: “There’s an argument to be made for him to go to a state school.”
Mr Lewis, whose party is currently ahead in the polls to win the next general election, added: “He is a future King and I would suggest that at a state school he would rub shoulders with a much broader cross-section of his future subjects than he would at Eton.”
This comes as a Labour source claimed a conversation is ongoing behind closed doors in Sir Keir Starmer’s party about the optics of seeing the second-in-line to the throne going to the elite College.
The source said: “The last thing Keir wants is a row with the royals, but voices around him are muttering that it would be a ‘good look’ if William decided against sending George to the most famously elitist school in the world at a time when we are adding to the already eye-watering costs.”
The source referred to Sir Keir’s pledge to scrap the tax break enjoyed by private schools if he wins the next general election.
This move would see the VAT to be added to these institutes’ fees, ramping up the costs for the pupils’ families.
Eton College, where the yearly fee is over than £42,000, would see its rate become as high as £55,000 at current values under the proposed Labour plan.
The removal of the charitable status from private schools has been criticised by some, who argued thousands of children may be unable to attende elite schools with the price hike.
But Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves argued private schools should be taxed, adding the Labour Government would use the proceeds on boosting state education for millions of children across the country.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Eton College in the mid-1990s, after having been enrolled in Wetherby Prep School and Ludgrove School.
Harry spoke about his difficult experience at Eton College in his tell-all memoir Spare, released in January.
In the bestselling book, the Duke of Sussex recalled his struggles with English literature and French lessons.
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However, he detailed, he enjoyed John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, which he described as “entertaining” and with a language easier to comprehend than Shakespeare’s.
He also claimed Prince William, who had joined the College a few years before him, mostly ignored him throughout their time in school together.
The Duke also spoke about how he got into sports at the school, adding rugby “captured my heart” and allowed him to “indulge my rage”.
The Prince and Princess of Wales have not yet shared where their children will study after leaving Lambrook School, which they all started together last September.
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