Prince William and Duchess Catherine will be full-time working royals from next week when Prince George starts school.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine

Prince William and Duchess Catherine

The four-year-old prince will begin his education at Thomas's School in Battersea, south-west London, next Thursday (07.09.17) meaning his parents will see their royal duties increased, and Prince Harry will return to work following his three-week holiday in Africa with girlfriend Meghan Markle.

A series of tweets on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account read: "The coming months will see The Duke & Duchess & Prince Harry undertake a busy autumn programme as TRH return to royal duties & engagements.

"Over the course of the autumn, TRH will visit a number of communities, charities and organisations across the UK.

"TRH will continue to highlight the important work of their patronages, & collectively focus on supporting issues surrounding mental health. (sic)"

William and Catherine have moved back to their official royal residence, London's Kensington Palace after residing at Anmer Hall on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England, for the past few years.

It is a busy time coming up for the royal couple - who also have two-year-old daughter Princess Charlotte - and it looks set to be a fast-paced introduction into education for George as a recent report claimed his new school is "slightly chaotic".

A post about the education establishment on The Good Schools Guide reads: "A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy. That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get."