PUBLISHED: 11:30, Tue, Sep 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:40, Tue, Sep 1, 2020
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, 38, and Prince William, 38, have spent most of the pandemic in Norfolk at their country home Anmer Hall. The couple relocated there with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, back in March but are expected to return to the capital with their children any day.
George and Charlotte are both pupils at private school Thomas's Battersea in South West London.
The school is a short drive from the Kensington Palace apartment where the Cambridges are based during term time.
William and Kate pulled George and Charlotte out of school days ahead of its official closure when schools across the country were made to shut ahead of lockdown.
They were able to do so without bending the rules because Thomas's is an independent school which is governed separately from the Government.
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Kate Middleton and William could face fine if George and Charlotte don't return to school (Image: GETTY)
Kate Middleton and William: George and Charlotte both attend private school Thomas's Battersea (Image: GETTY)
But as the Government urges all pupils across England to return to school for the autumn term, it has issued a new set of guidelines which the Department for Education says applies to private schools too.
This means that in theory, Kate and William could face a fine if they fail to send George and Charlotte back to school.
Outlining the new guidelines about schools reopening, the Government website states: "It is our plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.
"This guidance is intended to support schools, both mainstream and alternative provision, to prepare for this."
"It applies to primary, secondary (including sixth forms), infant, junior, middle, upper, school-based nurseries and boarding schools."
Kate Middleton and William: The Cambridges relocated to Norfolk in March (Image: Kensington Royal)
The statement added: "We expect independent schools to follow the control measures set out in this document