Prince George mocked for loving ballet by American television host

Prince George has been mocked by an American television host for loving ballet.

The little royal lad is returning to school in the United Kingdom after the summer break, and on Friday's Good Morning America, host Lara Spencer gave a summary of what his curriculum will be.

"Details of George's curriculum have been released, making us all really happy we don't have to do homework anymore," she said live on air.

"In addition to the usual first or second-grade things like math, 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."

As she said "ballet", the audience began to laugh. Spencer doubled down on the amusement by saying: "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 criticised by a raft of celebrities, including Rosie O'Donnell, who said tweeted a video where she said: "Okay, Lara Spencer, seriously? Laughing at boys who take ballet?"

Dancer Debbie Allen also posted a video to Twitter, telling Spencer she isn't on Saturday Night Live. She listed several who had studied dance like Steve Jobs and Dustin Hoffman.

Spencer has since apologised, writing in an Instagram post: "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."