SHE may belong to one of the most famous families in the world – but that doesn’t mean Kate Middleton didn’t feel overwhelmed and out of her depth when she welcomed Prince George in 2013.
According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge always knew they wanted to be “hands on” parents.
But when their first son arrived, the new parents reportedly struggled to juggle their royal duties alongside caring for their baby son.
Appearing on True Royalty TV’s Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again, the expert claimed the new mum turned to The Queen for help.
She said: “Kate was having a conversation with the Queen in which she confided that she had found being with George on her own, and not having a full-time nanny or a maternity nurse, very hard.”
For the first two months of George’s life, Kate and William reportedly managed without any help.
At the time, the couple were living in Wales as William was working for the Royal Air Force.
Later that year, Kate and William moved into their Norfolk residence Amner Hall and hired Maria Borallo – who is still their nanny today.
Katie added: “They did it until September and then they recruited a nanny.”
Madrid-born Maria was trained at the prestigious Norland College in Bath, which has educated over 10,000 nannies since it launched in 1892, for high-profile families from Arab royalty to Hollywood stars.
In January 2020, Kate Middleton spoke to workers at a children and parents centre in Cardiff where she opened up about how challenging she found the first few months of parenthood.
She said at the time: “It’s nice to be back in Wales.
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“I was chatting to some of the mums. It was the first year and I’d just had George — William was still working with search and rescue — and we came up here and I had a tiny, tiny baby in the middle of Anglesey.
“It was so isolated, so cut off. I didn’t have any family around, and he was doing night shifts.
“So…if only I had had a centre like this.”
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Louise Heren, author of Nanny in a Book, previously told Fabulous Digital that the Cambridge children will have a “no nonsense” upbringing in the palace.
Bedtime takes place at 7pm, new foods and flavours are introduced every few days and playtime takes place outside – come rain or shine.
Louise said: “There will be no messing. That’s because Maria will be aware that as they step off planes, holding mum’s hands, smiling and waving to the crowds, there can’t be any crying or terrible twos or tantrums.”
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