George and Charlotte to be homeschooled
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will begin homeschooling as the coronavirus outbreak worsens in Britain.
The young royals, third and fourth in line to the throne, will be taught at home following advice from their $A40,000-a-year school.
Thomas's in Battersea, London, are encouraging all parents including Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, to remove children from classes by Friday.
The measure is precautionary and no one has tested positive for the disease.
Prince George, six, is coming to the end of his second year at the school and four-year-old Princess Charlotte joined her big brother last September.
Several children at Thomas's four schools, in Battersea, Clapham, Kensington and Fulham, have been tested for the virus but no one has been found positive for coronavirus, it is understood.
George and Charlotte will be given "remote learning" lessons at home.
A spokesman for Thomas's London Day Schools said: "Due to the increasing numbers of children and staff being absent from school due to the coronavirus situation, Thomas's London Day Schools have decided to move to remote learning from Friday 20 March.
"From this date the curriculum will be taught through online learning platforms and we have asked parents to keep their children at home and to access their lessons through this system.
"This will ensure that children have continuity of learning when they are unable to attend school.
"In cases where families are not in a position to keep their children at home (such as those who are "front line staff' in the medical profession, for example), the school will remain physically open until the last day of term, Thursday, 26th March.
"We appreciate the support of our school community as we continue to provide the best possible solution for our pupils during these challenging times."
The coeducation school has a theatre, gymnasium, ballet room and pottery room and two libraries and rooftop playground.
It has 560 boys and girls aged between four and 13-years-old and charges $A40,000 a year.
Former pupils include model Cara Delavigne and singer Florence Welch.
It comes after royal officials announced the Queen is to leave Buckingham Palace and step down from several future engagements to remain at Windsor Castle amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Her Majesty will move to Windsor on Thursday one week ahead of schedule due government advice to combat the outbreak.
She is then likely to remain at Windsor Castle for an extended period after the Easter period, it has been announced.