George and Charlotte exempt from new school rule as they return to classroom

Despite being the third and fourth in line to the British throne, Prince George and Princess Charlotte don’t see much of the royal treatment at school.

When the youngsters are in their classrooms at Thomas’s Battersea, they are treated like any other kids.

That is apart from a select rule that they were given the go-ahead to break this year.

And it is a handy one for Kate and Prince William.

Thomas’s has, like all schools, introduced new safety rules to keep staff and children safe from coronavirus.

One of the biggest changes for parents is that they have to do the school run drop off at the front gates, rather than driving into the school.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl claimed that the Cambridges have been exempt from the changes.

Writing for Vanity Fair she explained how the Prince and Princess are being given the green light to break the rules.

She said: “According to one parent, the school has installed numerous Covid prevention measures and parents now have to drop children at the school gates.

"The Cambridges, however, are still able to drive their children into the school grounds."

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It's likely that this is due to security, as the family have personal protection officers with them at all time.

Kate and William are understood to be regulars at the playground gates and are often spotted by other parents.

It is said that they arrange work commitments to fit in around pick up duty despite having a nanny and other staff.

George and Charlotte do not use their titles at school – although friends have taken to calling the Prince ‘PG’.

A source told Vanity Fair: “He's very popular and has lots of friends, and there's very little fuss made about who he is.

"Either William or Kate do drop off, and they are always very friendly.

"William particularly loves to have a chat with some of the other parents and he works out with some of the mums at the Harbour Club after drop off. He's very chatty and amiable."

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