Earlier today, the Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, announced they have welcomed their second child, a baby girl named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who is now settling with her mother at their new home of California.
But just how different are the first few months of little Baby Girl Sussexes’ life likely to be compared to her big brother Archie?
From the slick birth announcement to the famous playmates who will be around the corner, here FEMAIL reveals the details…
ARCHIE: PR fiasco in which Harry ‘wanted control’ over narrative
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been fiercely protective of their privacy since the early days of their whirlwind courtship, and the birth of their first child was no different.
Ahead of the birth it was reported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told aides to keep arrangements for the birth of their baby private.
Sources said the couple wanted to avoid the glare of publicity which surrounded the births of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s three children, which saw huge numbers of media and well-wishers gather outside the Lindo Wing, the private maternity unit of St Mary’s Hospital in west London.
Prince Harry was clearly delighted to be a new father as he discussed the news in an impromptu press conference at Windsor Castle
Crowds throng the streets outside Buckingham Palace following the arrival of the newest addition to the royal family
Harry and Meghan opted for a birth shrouded in secrecy – choosing not to even announce the Duchess was in labour until their son had been born and keeping the details of where she had the baby a mystery.
In a statement made through the palace, the Sussexes announced that they wanted to keep details surrounding their first child private, and the pair tore up the royal protocol rulebook to ensure their privacy as Meghan retreated from public life in March, weeks ahead of the birth.
And in a further break from tradition the couple used their new Instagram account to announce the happy news, while they left off the names of the medics who delivered the baby on the traditional easel announcement when it eventually appeared outside Buckingham Palace, almost 12 hours after the birth.
After texting friends and family the news, Harry went on to tell palace aides to inform, which he did at 9.30am, just as the new family of three were leaving to return to Frogmore Cottage.
Omid and Carolyn detail how a source close to the prince told them: ‘Harry didn’t want his office to give the info to the papers to put out and he didn’t want to lose control of this precious moment.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex speaks to the media at Windsor Castle following the birth of his son
Royal staff confirmed the news of the birth with a traditional message on an easel outside Buckingham Palace. The notice pointedly failed to name the physicians who helped with the birth, as is tradition
He wanted people to hear it in his own words, no statement, no formal announcement…just him, off the cuff and candid.’
A formal announcement released by Buckingham Palace included a long list of members of the Royal Family who were ‘delighted’ at the news of the birth, including the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and William and Kate.
The announcement also namechecked Meghan’s mother Doria, who was said to be ‘overjoyed’ – but her father Thomas was conspicuously absent from those named.
LILIBET: Slick PR announcement shared on the flashy Archewell website
In a message of thanks from Meghan and Harry on their Archewell website, the duke and duchess said: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
‘She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.’
The couple was allowed to keep the birth under wraps until they were ready, whereas when Archie was born an announcement was made when Meghan went into labour.
A statement from their press secretary said: ‘It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world’
Not only this, but the couple were able to release a statement in their own voice thanking the public for its support – an announcement which was notably absent after the birth of Archie.
A later statement issued by their press secretary this afternoon read: ‘It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.
‘Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.
‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
‘Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
‘This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
In a message of thanks on their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan said: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family’
‘The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.’
When Archie was two days old, the Sussexes then presented their newborn to the world in an official photoshoot at Windsor Castle.
But they are now under no obligation to take part in an official photoshoot with their daughter, or to present her to the world in such a formal manner.
There was some expectation that the couple may use the birth of their daughter as an opportunity to associate their personal celebration with their charity work.
And the Sussexes have done so by asking that anyone who wishes to send a present to support organisations working for women and girls.
A message on the Archewell website reads: ‘For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organisations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.’
The couple made similar nods to charity when making previous celebratory announcements such as Archie’s birthday and their wedding anniversary.
LOCATION OF BIRTH
ARCHIE: Royal hospital renowned for its privacy and exclusivity
Meghan and Prince Harry were famously private about their son’s birth last May, with some details only becoming available to the public when his birth certificate was released.
Meghan’s birth plan was revealed in Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s biography, Finding Freedom, in which they wrote Meghan ‘never considered’ giving birth at the Lindo Wing and ‘wanted something more discreet’.
They explained: ‘Portland Hospital offered not only state-of-the-art care but also an underground entrance where blacked-out SUVs driving in and out were the norm.’
Luxury private hospital the Portland offers new parents a ‘celebration meal’ complete with champagne, lobster and foie gras.
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan, was revealed on May 25 2019 and revealed several details about Archie’s birth
The Portland’s childbirth packages start from £15,000 and run up to £20,000.
Other famous mothers who have had their babies there include Victoria Beckham, Liz Hurley and Jools Oliver.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York also gave birth to Princess Eugenie and Beatrice at the private hospital.
Staff offer 24-hour room service in their lavish labour suites, which come complete with Molton Brown toiletries and four-poster cots.
Extended stays at The Portland in central London can rack up bills of £1,800 a night
In the explosive biography, the authors write: ‘While Meghan was originally interested in home birth, as she entered her final trimister she chose to deliver at hospital.
‘Although there were reports that Meghan was “devastated” to have her dream home birth plans dashed at the last minute, a source said that by the time Meghan went into labour, those plans had long been put to rest.’
A source told the authors: ‘I know there were stories about a home birth and that was certainly something that was discussed early on but Meghan knew it would be a hospital birth for a few months.
‘All she cared about was having the baby in the safest way possible. She was more and more nervous as she approached the due date, so I would say in some ways it was a relief for her to be doing it in a traditional hospital.
Meghan originally wanted a home birth, but being more than a week overdue she was forced to give birth in hospital – The Portland in central London, where an exclusive suite is pictured
New parents are offered a meal to celebrate the safe delivery of their child, with a menu that boasts lobster, oysters, foie gras, champagne and afternoon tea options (pictured)
On the evening of Sunday May 5, Prince Harry ‘jumped behind the wheel’ of a Range Rover and drove Meghan, as well as Doria and a protection officer, to the Portland.
According to the authors, Meghan ‘did not deliver by C-section’, adding: ‘At 5.26am on Monday May 7, Archie was born in an uncomplicated birth.’
The authors wrote that the family departed for Frogmore Cottage hours later, saying: ‘It was soon after Archie was born, but Dr Penny had given the all clear and Meghan felt up to getting back home, where she could continue to be monitored.’
‘Although Meghan spent just a short time in the hospital after Archie’s birth, when she texted friends with the news back home while the baby slept, she described being elated, if tired and a little overwhelmed.’
LILIBET: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, California
The California hospital where Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby girl called Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday is a large not-for-profit foundation set up in 1888 by a group of 50 women that oversees 2,400 births a year.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a heritage that is likely to strike a chord with the Duchess of Sussex due to her interest in female empowerment.
Located in downtown Santa Barbara, it is one of the closest hospitals to their £11million mansion in nearby Montecito, which is roughly ten minutes away by car.
The Cottage Hospital oversees sees 20,000 annual admissions and is run by parent company Cottage Health.
It consists of a 519-bed acute care teaching hospital and trauma center, the largest of its kind between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a heritage that is likely to strike a chord with the Duchess of Sussex due to her interest in female empowerment
According to Cottage Health’s website, it opened on December 8, 1891, when Santa Barbara’s population was less than 5,000.
The wider group now includes branches in Goleta and Santa Ynez and a rehabilitation centre, provides a comprehensive range of services.
They have been ranked among the most efficiently managed in California, according to Cottage Health’s website.
The Santa Barbara hospital has a staff of around 600 medics and has been undergoing a $700million rebuilding plan to make it earthquake proof,
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s baby girl was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am. She was born weighing 7lb 11oz, and is said to be settling in at home.
ARCHIE: Photocall with Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle
Meghan eschewed the traditional photo shoot in the wake of the birth.
After the birth of her three children, Kate famously appeared on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in London, perfectly coiffed and manicured, and shown her newborn off to the world with William standing proudly at her side.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge faced a mass photocall at the private Lindo Wing of in Paddington hours after all three of their children were born.
Meghan is said to have considered the idea of posing for pictures and well-wishers straight after the birth as archaic.
The couple then used their SussexRoyal account swiftly after the official photocall to post the photographs taken by Chris Allerton, who had previously served in the British Army (the first photograph, pictured above)
Little Archie Harrison was introduced to the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Meghan’s mother Doria by his proud parents
However days after the birth the couple introduced their son to the public with a brief three minute photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
The two-day-old infant was lovingly cradled by his adoring father and watched attentively by Meghan, who was herself pictured for the first time in six weeks since withdrawing from public life ahead of the birth.
The couple also broke tradition as Harry was pictured holding the baby, rather than Meghan.
The couple appeared to be beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other’s eyes as they spoke, while Harry could not resist sneaking a peek down at his son as he apparently slept.
They later shared another photograph with the three of them meeting the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland present.
The couple appeared to be beside themselves with joy, giggling and looking into each other’s eyes as they spoke, while Harry could not resist sneaking a peek down at his son as he apparently slept
The pictures, which were posted to Instagram, was used to announce the name of Harry and Meghan’s son, with the caption reading: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are pleased to announce they have named their first born child: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
‘This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.’
During her explosive interview with Oprah in February, the Duchess said the couple ‘ weren’t asked to take a picture’.
LILIBET: PR appropriate photoshoot where can’t see the baby’s face
It is yet to be seen when royal fans will get a glimpse of Meghan and Harry’s daughter’s face.
Since stepping back from life in the royal family, the Duke and Duchess have gone to extreme lengths to keep their son Archie’s face hidden.
Many royal fans have expressed their annoyance over the couple’s decisions not to share photographs of their children’s faces.
Earlier this year, Meghan and Prince Harry released a new picture of their son to celebrate his second birthday in which his face couldn’t be seen.
Royal fans have expressed their annoyance over not seeing Archie’s face again after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry released a new picture of their son to celebrate his second birthday (pictured)
Moreover, the couple’s Christmas card this year didn’t exactly showcase their baby boy, with the greeting instead including a sweet illustration of the family-of-three, crafted from a picture taken by Meghan’s mother (pictured)
The image, released on their Archewell site earlier this month, shows the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s firstborn holding balloons at the couple’s $14million Montecito mansion, while facing away from the camera.
At the time, fans rushed to Twitter to bemoan not seeing more of the Duke and Duchess’ son again, with one writing: ‘Archie’s top secret face, that’s ridiculous.’
Another said: ‘Are they ashamed to show Archie’s face? I’m sure he is an adorable 2-year-old boy who is having a fabulous time playing with his balloons.’
A third added: ‘Why do they never show his face, is it because it isn’t him or is it because they are just so pretentious? We always get to see William and Catherine’s children, so why not Archie.’
The Duchess put her own stamp on royal photos by releasing them in black and white, an expert explained. Harry and Meghan released this beautiful black and white family photo to celebrate their son’s christening
Harry and Meghan also opted to have black and white photos on their wedding day, later choosing this one of them standing with their backs to the camera as their first Christmas card
Meanwhile the couple have also long-been renowned for their slick photocalls.
During their time in the royal family, Meghan and Harry plumped for black and white pictures on a number of important occasions, including their official engagement shoot and their first Christmas card.
Speaking to Femail in 2019, photographer Glenn Gratton said Meghan is ‘image conscious’ and would have carefully thought through which photos to release of her son to make the best impression.
He added black and white is ‘in vogue’ and is a way for the royal mother to distance her photos from the high contrast, filtered photos that flood social media feeds.
ARCHIE AND LILIBET: Both have dual citizenship
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new baby girl is likely to possess dual citizenship – just like big brother Archie.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their new addition Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday.
Given Meghan, 39, is an American, having been born in California, her children are automatically entitled to citizenship in the US.
The same goes for Harry, who was born in the UK and is thereby a British citizen.
Under British law, citizenship can be passed down one generation, so Harry’s children are eligible to inherit that status.
Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, two, was born in the UK – at the Portland Hospital in London – but both children possess dual British and American citizenship.
When the couple married in 2018, it was announced that Meghan intended to become a British citizen, however it can take several years.
It’s believed that the Sussexes chose to step down as senior royals and move across the pond before the process was complete; it’s unclear whether they are continuing to see it through now that they’ve settled in Montecito.
It appears that Meghan remains an American citizen; she voted in the presidential election last year – making her the first member of the British Royal Family to do so.
When the couple married in 2018, it was announced that Meghan intended to become a British citizen, however it can take several years and it’s unknown whether they continued with the process after relocating to the US (pictured with Archie)
When Harry moved to the US last year, sources told the Times that he didn’t intend on applying for a green card or dual citizenship ‘in the foreseeable future’.
If Harry applied for US citizenship, it would require him to renounce his titles and expose him to US taxation on his earnings worldwide, according to the Immigration and Nationalization Act.
It’s not known whether he has a diplomatic or other special visa; it’s highly unlikely he has a tourist visa because that would forbid him from working.
His wealth – previously estimated to be around £30million – may qualify him for visas available to entrepreneurs willing to invest in America. Another option is the O-1 visa for ‘individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement’.
Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, two, was born in the UK – at the Portland Hospital in London – but both children possess dual British and American citizenship
In order to be granted a O-1 visa, Harry must be sponsored by an organisation that plans to work with him and can identify the areas where he excels – most likely his philanthropic endeavours.
It’s usually approved for three years, and renewed every year after that.
The Sussex children aren’t the first royals with dual citizenship. Peter Phillips’ estranged wife Autumn is Canadian, and retained her citizenship when they married in 2008.
Their daughters Savannah and Isla have Canadian and UK citizenship.
ARCHIE: Prince Harry and Meghan use royal loophole to keep godparents secret from public
Archie was christened in July 2019 at Windsor Castle, and the Duke and Duchess famously used a royal loophole to keep the baby’s godparents secret from the public.
It was reported at the time Prince Harry wasbehind the secrecy around baby Archie’s godparents because he wants his son to be a ‘private citizen’.
Under Church of England rules, the details of all baptisms, including the baby’s godparents, are a matter of public record and can be obtained easily for a small fee.
But details of Archie’s baptism were kept in a separate ‘register held privately by the royal household on behalf of the Crown’, which was not accessible to the public.
Harry and Meghan’s decision to keep the names of their son’s godparents hidden sparked major outrage among royalists and commentators after it emerged the taxpayer forked out £2.4million for renovations to their new Windsor home.
This official christening photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shows the Duke and Duchess with their son, Archie and (left to right) the Duchess of Cornwall, The Prince of Wales, Ms Doria Ragland, Princess Diana’s sisters Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duchess of Cambridge in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle
The Duke and Duchess said only that they have picked ‘close and old friends’ for the roles, but refused to identify them because they are ‘private citizens’, triggering major speculation over who it could be.
And the royal couple, who denied any public access to his christening at Windsor Castle on Saturday, also decided not to allow TV cameras in to record the royal family arriving.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited – a book on Harry and Meghan’s romance, who has written about the royals for three decades, said at the time the decision was ‘childish and naive’.
At the time. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they ‘felt fortunate’ to have enjoyed their son’s christening with his godparents and shared two pictures from the big day.
It was finally revealed in January 2020 that Tiggy Pettifer, Harry and William’s former nanny, was one of the secret godparents
Just 25 guests were present at the baptism, which saw Archie christened in a private chapel at Windsor Castle, but the couple only released photographs celebrating with their immediate family.
Archie was wearing the cascading ivory Honiton lace and satin gown used for all Royal babies’ baptisms since the reign of Queen Victoria. The one Archie wore is a 2008 copy of the 1841 original, and was handmade by the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly.
The ceremony was performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, using the silver gilt Lily Font. Commissioned in 1840 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the birth of their first child, it is part of the Crown Jewels and had been brought from the Tower of London for the occasion.
The water which filled the font was taken from the River Jordan. The brief service took place in the Queen’s own private chapel in the Upper Ward of Windsor Chapel.
Harry pictured with Mark at the Sentebale Concert at Kensington Palace in central London on June 28, 2016
Prince Harry with minder Mark Dyer in 2004 (right) Dyer was a guiding figure as Harry and William tried to come to terms with the loss of their mother. Tiggy has also remained close to both the royals and attended Harry’s wedding with her son Tom (right) who is also Harry’s godson
The choir of St George’s Chapel who sang at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, also sang at Archie’s christening, and then the party, believed to number around 25, celebrated with tea and a slice of the couple’s wedding cake – made by fashionable East London baker Claire Ptak – which had been frozen and saved for the occasion.
It was finally revealed in January 2020 that Tiggy Pettifer, his and William’s former nanny, and Mark Dyer, his minder, were asked by the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be their newborn’s godparents ahead of his christening in July 2019.
Another of his godparents was revealed to be Charlie Van Straubenzee while Finding Freedom confirmed Izzy May, ‘Meghan’s close confidant’ is also a godparent.
Isabel May donned a lemon-coloured dress as she was spotted linking arms with Markus Anderson as she arrived at Archie’s Christening on July 5, 2019
‘Friends’ of William have since suggested that the future king, only five places clear of Archie in the order of succession, could not comprehend how such a basic matter of constitutional principle had been misunderstood.
In the biography Finding Freedom, Scobie and Durand said Meghan felt she was expected to ‘serve Archie on a silver platter’ by the same people who had ‘been abusing her’.
According to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the Duchess ‘didn’t care’ about the criticism she received over keeping their son out of the spotlight, as she felt her role as a protective mother should come first.
LILIBET: Unknown if she will be christened
Having stepped back from royal duty in March 2020, it’s now unclear whether Prince Harry and Meghan will opt for the traditional christening for their new baby.
It may be the case that the Duke and Duchess instead choose to opt for ‘spiritual guides’ for their daughter rather than the traditional godparents.
In the past, royal offspring have been given as many as six godparents – with the public only finding out who they are on the day of a christening.
There is a long list of famous names who could be selected by the couple, including Meghan’s friends Jessica Mulroney, Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.
Harry’s potential choices include his cousin Zara Tindall and her husband Mike and his close pal Nicholas Van Cutsem.
Meanwhile the pair may decide they want to honour their new A-lister friends like Oprah Winfrey or Gayle King with the title.
ARCHIE: Attended first playgroup weeks before leaving UK and has been raised by host of nannies
According to Finding Freedom, Prince Harry and Meghan had originally decided to ‘forgo’ a full time nanny however decided to work with a night nurse after Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew back to Los Angeles.
However, the nanny’s time with the family was ‘brief’, with the authors writing: ‘Meghan and Harry felt they were forced to let the nurse go in the middle of her second night of work for being unprofessional.’
And, after their experience with the first nanny, the couple were wary, with the authors writing: ‘The new parents went on to hire a second night nurse, who did a fine job, but because of the incident with the first nurse, neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly.
‘After a few weeks, they decided to take on nights themselves and went without a night nurse entirely.’
Instead the couple ‘hired a nanny to work weekdays’, joining other members of staff in the household.
Shortly before her young son left the UK for the final time, Meghan said she had attended her first playgroup with the then six-month-old.
Attending the WellChild Awards in October 2019, the Duchess said she’d taken Archie to his ‘first class’, telling a fellow attendee: ‘It was a lot of fun. He loved it.’
Sources told DailyMail.com in July last year that Meghan worried Archie doesn’t have enough interaction with other toddlers and wished she could join a ‘Mommy and Me’ class to be around other new mothers.
‘Meghan said Archie needs to learn emotional and social skills by being around other young children, something he can’t do with adults.
‘Meghan said ideally they (she and Archie) would be in a baby group class that met in person a couple of times a week. This would give Archie the opportunity to play with other toddlers and help develop his brain.’
But although Meghan said she’d love to join a baby group class where she could have play dates with other new moms, she admitted it would be ‘impossible’.
‘Meghan said she would love to be part of a ‘Mommy and Me’ community, but knows this is impossible even if there was no COVID-19 because of who she is. She said she’s just too well known to do normal things,’ the friend said.
LILIBET: Options include nurseries and schools attended by the children of celebrities including Adele, Beyonce and LA Lakers player LeBron James.
TUITION: $20,950 – $28,300
FEMAIL rounded up a selection of pre-schools and schools that are popular with the rich and famous in California, as Harry and Meghan welcome their second child. Pictured: Hollywood Schoolhouse
The Sussexs could send their children to the same school Meghan attended when she was growing up in LA.
Over 310 students are enrolled at Hollywood Schoolhouse, where tuition ranges from $20,950 for the early childhood programme up to $28,300 for children in 4th-6th grade.
The independent school boasts on its website that it is ‘known for a blended program of progressive and traditional instruction as well as a strong community that supports students throughout their entire journey in primary education’
Meghan Markle attended the facility for her primary years, before going to Immaculate Heart High School, which is an all-girl Catholic private school.
Since opening in 1945, Hollywood Schoolhouse has also offered financial aid to children within the neighbourhood and remained popular with parents involved in the production of media in Hollywood.
Donors have included Al Pacino and Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, while Johnny Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp is also among alumni.
SIERRA CANYON SCHOOL
TUITION: $16,000 +
Sierra Canyon School (pictured) has become one of the most Instagrammed schools in the world, having attracted stars including Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Drake
Founded in 1972 by Mick Horwitz and Howard Wang, Sierra Canyon School has attracted the children of stars including LA Lakers player Lebron James.
The private school prides itself on empowering students to realise their greatest potential through small class sizes and a ‘family-like’ environment.
With pre-kindergarten costing $16,000, prices for the middle and upper school are almost an eye-watering $40,000.
The school has become one of the most Instagrammed in the world, with rapper Drake posting a photo on Instagram of himself in a hoodie with the its logo as well as celebrities attending basketball matches to watch the offspring of Lebron James and fellow professional athlete Dwyane Wade.
THE CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION
TUITION: $28,020 – $33,170
The Centre For Early Education (pictured) has taught the children of stars including Beyonce and Jay Z, Barbra Streisand and Denzel Washington
The independent school off Melrose Avenue has 536 students and with just a six per cent acceptance rate according to W Magazine, is possibly the most exclusive school in LA.
Around 40 per cent of its graduating class progress to Harvard-Westlake’s middle-school, despite the schools having no formal link.
Romper reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z sent their daughter Blue Ivy to the school after being recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow.
In addition, the children of stars including Barbra Streisand, Mel Brooks, and Denzel Washington have also managed to receive a coveted place at the school, where tuition fees range from $28,010 for toddlers up to $33,170 for Grade 6.
The website reads: ‘The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners.
‘The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.’
CROSSROADS SCHOOL IN SANTA MONICA
TUITION: $38,972 +
Crossroads School (pictured) has an impressive list of alumni including Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black
Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jack Black are among those who’ve attended the Crossroads School in Santa Monica.
Founded in 1971, Crossroads School boasts that it encourages students to think critically and express themselves to ‘make a positive impact in the lives of others and in the world around them’.
The school has had a student body of at least 40 per cent from racial and ethnic backgrounds since 2015, while striving for diversity.
With 1,200 students in grades K-12, Crossroads added a $20 Science Education & Research facility in 2015.
Sari Ehrenreich’s son Alden Ehrenreich attended the establishment before starring as the young Han Solo in the Star Wars spinoff.
The former Showtime executive told The Hollywood Reporter, that it’s ‘surprising’ child actors aren’t given time off for work, saying: ‘Their academic standing means a great deal to them, and they’re very conscientious about math and science.’
TUITION: $38,580 +
Brentwood School (pictured) has remained competitive, following the attendance of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Adam Levine’s children
Brentwood School has taught the children of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine.
Founded in 1972, the establishment claims on its website that it is ‘a place where scholars, athletes, artists, and activists, inventors and aspiring leaders are all at home.
‘It’s also a place where one person can take on many of these roles. At Brentwood, we believe you should be—and be celebrated for—all the things you want to be.’
However, The Brentwood School made negative headlines earlier this year when the Los Angeles Magazine, reported under a #BlackoutTuesday post that featured a black box, some alums criticizing the school as being a ‘toxic racist cesspool for students of color, but an ivory tower for the wealthy, white elite’
Parents and administrators have also been pushing for a more progressive curriculum that excludes classic modern American literature like To Kill a Mockingbird and the Lord of the Flies
JOHN THOMAS DYE
John Thomas Dye (pictured) has counted Bruce Johnston, Lisa Marie Presley and Monica Lewinsky among students since opening in 1929
Since it’s opening in 1929, The John Thomas Dye School has taught famous people including Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, Lisa Marie Presley and Monica Lewinsky.
The establishment located on an 11-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is known for traditions including the recitation of the Salutation of the Dawn every morning and the Candle Lighting Ceremony at the holidays – making it a conventional choice.
Currently the school has 336 students enrolled, with 40 per cent being of colour as they strive towards ‘building an inclusive community’.
MIRMAN SCHOOL FOR HIGHLY GIFTED CHILDREN
TUITION: $35,550 +
Mirman School for Highly Gifted Children (pictured) prides itself on providing education to people in the top one to two per cent of intelligence norms
Actors Crispin Glover and Masi Oka are among the celebrities who’ve attended the school aimed at people in the top 1-2 per cent of intelligence norms.
In addition to traditional subjects, Mirman School For Highly Gifted Children specializes in robotics and choral music.
Students are required to do several tests to measure verbal reasoning and conceptualization skills, visual spatial skills, problem solving skills, working memory, and processing speed.
If they achieve a Full Scale Wechsler IQ score of 138, they are likely to thrive at the establishment.
Dan Vorenberg who is the school’s head, told The Hollywood Reporter, giftedness exists in varied forms.
‘There is some intimidation and misconceptions that exist with the term ‘highly gifted’. But ‘highly gifted’ is not a buzzword for elite. It’s not synonymous with exclusive,’ Dan said.
UCLA LAB SCHOOL
TUITION: $16,207 +
UCLA Lab School (pictured) has an impressive list of alumni, including actors Leanardo DiCapro and Jason Schwartzman
UCLA Lab School claims to be focused on encouraging learning, while promoting innovation and creativity.
Notable alumni include actors Leanardo DiCapro and Jason Schwartzman.
Danielle Gelber who is a producer at NBC and daughter attended, described the acceptance of students at UCLA Lab School as a ‘lottery’.
Windward School (pictured) prides itself on being an ‘inclusive community’ and dedicated over $2.3 million to financial aid during the 2019-20 academic year
The website describes the pricey school as a place that ‘challenges each student to achieve excellence in a nurturing, inclusive community’, while also preparing them to become well balanced young adults.
Among past attendees are actresses Anna Paquin and Zoe Kazan.
The Windward School dedicated over $2.3 million to financial aid during the 2019-20 academic year.
Tom Gilder has been the head for over 30 years, saying: ‘Windward’s greatest strengths are its talented, accessible teachers and its nurturing community that creates a dynamic learning experience for our students.
‘Our university partnerships and innovative programs, which are drawing national attention, enable our students to reach their full potential and prepare them for the new opportunities and challenges of our rapidly changing world.’
Cassidy Pre-School (pictured) was founded by former psychologist at Brentwood School, Crystal Blitz in 2009
Cassidy Pre-School has attracted parents including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Alba and Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, since opening in 2009, according to Los Angeles magazine.
The school prides itself in listening to how children think and feel, while providing an environment that stimulates their learning.
According to its website, weekly groups are held for parents and children to connect with each other while joined with a group leader. The session provides an opportunity for parents to receive support and ask questions.
A former psychologist at Brentwood School, Crystal Blitz was in her late twenties when she was inspired to open Cassidy Pre-School.