US newsreader cruelly taunts Prince George for loving ballet

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Prince George's love of the ballet in his school curriculum has been unexpectedly mocked on US TV. Photo: Getty Images

Good Morning America host Lara Spencer has come under fire after she poked fun at Prince George over weekly ballet lessons included in his school curriculum.

The morning show host was running through the future monarch’s fancy school curriculum for the audience, when she made the mean-spirited jibe.

“The future king of England will be putting down the Playdoh to take on Religious Studies, computer programming poetry and ballet among other things,” the host said.

The final activity was what got both Lara and the audience going with a ripple of laughter passing through the crowd.

Not leaving it at that, the host then followed it up with a statement which has since been labelled old-fashioned and even out of touch

“Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet, I have news for you Prince William we’ll see how long that lasts,” she said with a giggle.

The host struggled to hold back an outright laugh, as the audience sniggered behind her. Photo: abc

Famous voices protest on social media

Celebrities and onlookers alike were quick to slam the host’s comments, flooding social media with written and video responses that sent a clear message.

“Ok Lara Spencer seriously? Laughing at boys who take ballet on Channel 7 ABC? What’s up with that?” Emmy-award winning actress Rosie O’Donnell said in a video posted to Twitter.

Maurice Martinez a celebrated broadway star, also lent his voice to the backlash.

Others quickly followed suit.

The host since apologised over the on-air gaffe via Instagram.

“My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday. From ballet to anything one wants to explore in life, I say GO FOR IT. I fully believe we should all be free to pursue our passions. Go climb your mountain-and love every minute of it,” she wrote.

Not all were satisfied with the apology however, calling for it to be aired on the show itself.

Prince George’s dance lessons are part of his schooling at St Thomas’s Battersea which he attends with sister Charlotte.

Charlotte is also said to be keen fan of the ballet and has reportedly been taking private lessons already.

For a first child, the school fees are £6,429 per term from Reception to Year 2.

There are added charges for extra curricular activities, including the ballet, drama and music lessons.

Thomas’s Battersea teaches around 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. Their website states that their most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind.’

Their curriculum includes art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers.

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