Princess Charlotte, the sweet 4-year-old daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is starting elementary school at St Thomas’s Battersea from September 5 but by an entirely different last name.
People across the world know her best by Princess Charlotte. However, ‘Princess’ feels a little too formal and is not exactly a good look in a school setting.
As per a report by PEOPLE, Charlotte’s classmates will not call her by her royal title at school. Instead, she will go by the title Charlotte Cambridge, taking the last name of her father’s royal title, ‘Duke of Cambridge.’ She will be called Charlotte by close friends.
Well, this certainly falls in line as her elder brother, Prince George also uses Cambridge as the last name at the school, according to Insider. Apparently, he is nicknamed ‘P.G’ by his close friends. Prince George reportedly is coming back for his 2nd year at the $23,000-a-year private school.
The last name of the royal family members technically is ‘Mountbatten Windsor.’ It’s a combination of the surnames of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The son of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Archie is given this title because he wasn’t given a royal last name.
Using a merger of the last name of parents seems to have become common custom for the royals. As per PEOPLE, when Prince Harry and Prince William were in school, they were called Harry Wales and William Wales. This was to pay homage to their father, Prince Charles’ royal title, ‘Prince of Wales.’
Meanwhile, other news suggests that George, 6, will look after and help his younger sister while she gets comfortable at the school. The big brother is said to be extremely protective of his sister, said Penny Junor, a royal biographer to Hello! magazine.
Notably, Charlotte will not just have George from the royal family to keep her company. Maud Elizabeth Daphne Marina Windsor also attends St Thomas’s Battersea.