Families are scrambling to buy expensive homes over the £4 million pound bracket in the areas surrounding the school to be attended by Prince George from September. There has been a huge leap in enquiries from parents seeking homes near the £6,000-a-term Thomas’s Battersea day school.

Knight Frank sales manager Kris Ericsson says: “It is no coincidence that within four days of the news breaking last month, registrations for houses of four and five bedrooms went up 60 per cent.

“The enquiries were for specific areas, very near the school in Battersea High Street. They were parents wanting to send their own children there, with large homes overlooking the park in biggest demand.

“The only problem is the dearth of such houses on the market.”