TV host apologises for mocking Prince George on national show

An American TV presenter has apologised after she mocked six-year-old Prince George for taking ballet lessons.

Entertainment reporter Lara Spencer, 50, caused outrage when she appeared to make fun of the future king of England on TV show Good Morning America.

Lara was describing how the eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would study classical dance as part of his school lessons.

Mum-of-two Lara told viewers, "Young Prince George - just six years old - is heading back to school like so many other kids around the world. But unlike other kids his age it sounds like the third-in-line to the throne is in for quite a demanding year.

"Details of George's curriculum have been released making us all really happy we don't have to do homework anymore.

"In addition to the usual first or second grade things, like maths, science and history, the future king of England will be putting down the Play-Doh to take on religious studies, computer programming, poetry and ballet among other things.

"Prince William said Prince George absolutely loves ballet...I have news for you Prince William, we'll see how long that lasts."

Her comments sparked outrage from across the globe and she was urged to apologise for insulting boys who enjoy taking dance classes.

Dancers, actors, royal fans and parents all took to social media to slam Lara’s comments.

Choreographer Brian Friedman who has worked with Cher and Britney Spears weighed in on the scandal saying of Prince George, “This adorable boy is being shamed by a grown woman on National Television in America for taking ballet!”

Now, Lara has apologised for her words which she agreed were "insensitive".

The 50-year-old wrote in an Instagram post: "My sincere apologies for an insensitive comment I made in pop news yesterday," she wrote.

"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."

George is returning to his $26,000 a year school, Thomas’s Battersea, in September where he will dance as part of his sports curriculum.

The school website explains the lessons are purposefully designed to build students’ “physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality, using a range of movements and musical styles”.

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