Prince William has come under fire AGAIN for his 10-week course at Cambridge University. First he was slammed by the student paper for lack of proper grades—typical students need an AAA, and William had an ABC (I went to school in the US so I have no idea what that means, or how it relates to our system). Which is a fair criticism; unfortunately they backtracked after people blasted the paper for their criticism—lame. Now William is coming under fire for getting a discount on his tuitions fees.
He is paying around £10,000, but sources admitted they had expected the cost to be much higher since the course was specially tailored for him. People are annoyed because obviously he’s a royal and could pay any amount of tuition and not bat an eyelash, whereas most students leave Cambridge with £25,000 of debt.
Kensington Palace isn’t commenting because it’s being “funded privately” and therefore they don’t have to talk about it. But it’s not like the royals stop being royal and/or stop being publicly funded when they’re not “on duty”. So that is a total cop out.
I don’t know what to say. Part of me thinks that if William really is taking this course seriously to become more prepared for when/if he takes over the Duchy of Cornwall, then more power to him; but then part of me thinks this is just a way for him to put off actually doing more royal duties during his second “gap year”, so I’m not sure. Either way, he didn’t really deserve to be allowed in Cambridge in the first place, since his grades weren’t up to snuff, and taking a discount is tacky and utterly stupid. The university may have offered him a discount, but they never should have taken it. It is tacky because clearly the royals don’t need help paying for their crap, and also they had to have known people would be pissed when they learned of the discount, and they can’t afford to lose any more good will with the people—they’ve already lost enough. I get what they were going for—Will going back to school for a course to help him run the Duchy is great PR—but, like with all their PR stunts, they really dropped the ball with this one.