British stars have criticised an American TV host after she appeared to mock
Good Morning America presenter Lara Spencer stifled laughter today as she discussed Prince George, six, taking ballet lessons during his upcoming second year at £18,000-a-year St Thomas’s School in Battersea.
This came after the youngster’s curriculum was revealed, which will include French, poetry and ballet lessons.
Speaking on the show, Lara said: ‘The future king of England will be putting down the Playdoh to take on Religious Studies, computer programming poetry and ballet among other things.’
Good Morning America presenter Lara Spencer, pictured, stifled laughter today as she discussed Prince George, six, taking ballet lessons at St Thomas’s School in Battersea
Outraged Good Morning Britain viewers jumped to Prince George’s defence after presenter Lara Spencer appeared to poke fun at his love for ballet. He is seen visiting the Lindo Wing to meet Prince Louis last year
After the audience erupted with laughter, Laura held back her own giggles as she added: ‘Prince William says George absolutely loves ballet, I have news for you Prince William – we’ll see how long that lasts.’
The comments have been attacked by British celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing’s Arlene Philips.
Writing on Instagram, the star said: ‘What a shameful, outdated, harmful attitude being broadcast to the masses. Dance has countless scientifically proven benefits for physical and mental health.
‘There should be nothing but encouragement for any male who chooses to try dance whether it’s as a fun hobby or for a future as a professional.’
This came following the latest news that George’s curriculum at his £18k-a-year St Thomas’s School in Battersea will include French, poetry and ballet. George is pictured at The Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes to sail in The Kings Cup Sailing Race this month
Taking to Instagram, choreographer Brian Friedman also slammed the presenter, writing: ‘See this cute face, the future King of England? This adorable boy is being shamed by a grown woman on National Television in America for taking ballet!
‘Lara, you should be ashamed of yourself as well as George Stephanopoulos for laughing along & Good Morning America for letting public shaming of young boys happen!
‘It infuriates me and I would appreciate everyone sharing this and forcing a public apology to Prince George, The Royal Family, all male dancers and all dancers in general for being so insensitive.’
Taking to Instagram, choreographer Brian Friedman, seen in October 2016, slammed the presenter
Since then, Lara has addressed her comments via an Instagram post which reads:
‘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.
This follows the news that George’s new curriculum will include French, poetry and ballet.
Head of the lower school, Helen Haslem, wrote on the website this week: ‘The curriculum presented in Year 2 reflects the increased ability of the children, both academically and socially.
‘It sees the completion of the basic skills in literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 1.
‘Individual strengths and talents begin to emerge, which you will undoubtedly begin to see.’
Lara has since addressed her comments via an Instagram post (pictured) where she apologised for the ‘insensitive comment’ made
Brian wrote: ‘Lara, you should be ashamed of yourself as well as George Stephanopoulos for laughing along & Good Morning America for letting public shaming of young boys happen!’
Strictly’s Arlene Phillips agreed, writing under the post: ‘What a shameful, outdated, harmful attitude being broadcast to the masses
George and his classmates will have 35-minute ballet classes which are accompanied by a live piano player.
Ballet lessons are based on the Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus, and aim to build ‘physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality, using a range of movements and musical styles’.
A love of dancing clearly runs in the family, with Charlotte and George, both believed to have taken ballet classes at their school last year.
William previously revealed that George had inherited his love for dance from the late Princess Diana.
Speaking at the BBC Radio 1’s Teen Hero awards last year, Prince William said: ‘George is doing dance as well, he loves it. My mother always used to dance, loved dance.
‘If it’s something you love, you do what you love and it’s very important, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You keep at it.’
This follows the news that George’s new curriculum will include French, poetry and ballet. George is pictured in a photo taken by mum Kate to celebrate his sixth birthday
William previously revealed that George had inherited his love for dance from the late Princess Diana. Prince William returning to the Lindo Wing with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they enter to meet their brother for the first time in 2018