Royals Why William and Kate Didn't Enroll Princess Charlotte in Her Big Brother George's School There's a reason Princess Charlotte is not studying at the same private school as her 4-year-old brother Prince George By Dave Quinn Dave Quinn Instagram Twitter Dave Quinn is an Editor for PEOPLE, working across a number of verticals including the Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams. He joined in 2006 as a Writer/Reporter where he became known for his Bravo and Broadway exclusives across print and digital. Dave is the author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, Not All Diamonds and Rosé: The Inside Story of the Real Housewives from the People Who Lived It. He's appeared on many broadcasts including ABC's Good Morning America, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, E!'s Daily Pop, NBC's New York Live and PEOPLE's own Reality Check, as well as a number of podcasts like Bitch Sesh, Everything Iconic, Watch What Crappens, Hot Off the Mess, Mention It All, and PEOPLE Every Day. Prior to working at PEOPLE, Dave was the chief Theater Reporter for NBC New York and co-host of Entertainment Weekly's acclaimed TV Recaps series. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 12, 2018 01:33 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Princess Charlotte started preschool this week (we’ve got the adorable photos to prove it!) — and there’s a reason the 2-year-old is not attending the same private school as her 4-year-old brother, Prince George. Prince William and Kate Middleton announced in December that Charlotte would be attending Willcocks Nursery School, a decision that surprised royal insiders who assumed Charlotte would follow George to Thomas’s Battersea, where he started in September. So why the different schools? A royal source tells PEOPLE, “They chose that nursery because they thought it would be an ideal first step for Charlotte’s education and they were impressed by the team who work there.” It also helps that the school is based in a church hall next door to London’s Royal Albert Hall, very close to the family’s Kensington Palace home. George’s school is a longer commute. The Duchess of Cambridge/KENSINGTON PALACE/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock RELATED VIDEO: Princess Charlotte Is Off To School! All About the Nursery She’s Set to Attend George started preschool at the same age as Charlotte in January 2016. He went to a Montessori school just a short drive from the family’s country home, Anmer Hall. Unlike George, who started at his school on a part-time basis, Charlotte will be attending full time. Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images Meanwhile, George is getting some of the best education “money can buy” from a “slightly chaotic” school for cosmopolitan families, according to a published review of Thomas’s Battersea. The $23,000-a-year establishment, which is about four miles south of the family’s Kensington Palace home, is “a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy,” the latest The Good Schools Guide says. “That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get.” Chris Jackson/Getty Images/PA Wire RELATED VIDEO: All About Prince George’s Posh New Private School: It’s ‘The Best Money Can Buy’ There are “plenty of opportunities for pupils to excel but withdrawn types might find it all somewhat overwhelming,” the review added. Beyond their new schools, it’s sure to be a big year for Charlotte and George. Both will become older siblings when William and Kate welcome their third child this spring. And of course, Uncle Prince Harry is set to marry fiancée Meghan Markle on May 19.