Camilla’s regret over sending her son to board aged seven

The Times is reporting that it has emerged that the Duchess of Cornwall apparently regrets sending her own son to board at a prep school in Oxford…

In an interview with the paper, Tom Parker Bowles describes his days at Summer Fields prep school as “a hotbed of all the sorts of things that are coming out now”, and describes how one master would join the boys in their morning shower.

He goes on to describe how, when his own daughter turned seven, he told his mother that she sent him away and virtually the same age and claims she was “slightly appalled, saying she’d never do it again. But it was the thing you did.”…

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  1. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove I was a prep school housemaster for a time. Too many good things to fit into 144 characters. Lots of crying when they left.

  2. neilayates

    SchoolsImprove Never understood why you’d have child then send it away.Children gifts to be cherished not collateral damage of workload

  3. CurlyMan66

    SchoolsImprove did my first ever lesson at Corsham Comp, it was a good school 25 years ago would have done him good

  4. Janet2

    Why have children if they’re going to be sent away to be cared for my strangers, however well-meaning (or not) at age seven?

  5. atheistsVeuthan

    SchoolsImprove Why not offer 16+ children & parents the option of HOMEWORK facilities at school such pens, a desk and access to a library?

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