Spare a thought for the New York City parents who got the shock of their lives last week when it was announced that the pint-sized Prince George would be attending school at Thomas’s Battersea instead of Wetherby School.
Let us explain a little further.
Wetherby, which counts Princes William and Harry as alum and caters to boys and girls aged two-and-a-half to 14, is opening a New York franchise — dubbed Wetherby-Pembridge — in September in a mansion on East 96th Street. Royal-loving city parents, assuming that George would attend the same school as his father, eagerly signed up their offspring, reports Page Six.
But alas, of the two tony London schools, it is the $23,000-a-year Thomas’s that the 3-year-old prince will attend.
School franchises aren’t a new phenomenon. Knight Frank reviewed data published by the UK’s Independent Schools Council in their latest Wealth Report and found that demand for British private schools has risen strongly over the past decade. As a result, a number of franchised versions of esteemed UK schools have opened up internationally.