The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are renowned for their hands-on approach to parenting, but their busy lives as members of the Royal Family mean they rely on a nanny to look after their three children.
And as royals, Kate and William have ensured that Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis receive the most exclusive childcare around.
Having trained at the Norland College in Bath – a prestigious institution that has educated nannies for many A-List families – the Cambridges’ nanny, Maria Borrallo, is one of the best around.
But as part of her training, it has been revealed that Maria is banned from saying a certain word around the royal trio.
Norland College expert and author of Nanny in a Book, Louise Heren, explained how Norland teaches its nannies to refrain from using the word ‘kids’ out of courtesy for the children.
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Instead, the Cambridge siblings will be referred to either as ‘children’ or by their names.
“The word kid is banned. It’s a mark of respect for the children as individuals,” she said.
While Maria’s brown uniform, bowler hat and white gloves may seem a little formal when it comes to looking after children, her approach to parenting is firm but caring.
According to Louise, Kate and Maria are likely to work together closely, ensuring that George, Charlotte and Louis live relatively normal lives in spite of their status.
“I’ve spoken to nannies who have worked with other royal families and life is pretty normal. You get up, have breakfast, you go to school, and you wear your school uniform whether you like it or not,” she said.
William and Kate have made headlines in the past for their down-to-earth parenting style.
Kate was pictured at her sister Pippa’s wedding crouching down to level with her children, rather than standing over them.
When Dr Rebecca Chicot, founder of Essential Parent and the Calm and Happy Toddler author, analysed Kate’s parenting for Fabulous, she determined that Kate’s attitude was loving but firm.
“Kate is a sensitive and warm mum. This is called an authoritative style of parenting that is now encouraged,” she said.
Even when Charlotte was seen throwing a tantrum and refusing to board a plane in Hamburg, the Duchess of Cambridge remained calm in front of the cameras and comforted the two-year-old.
“She has a lovely balance of sensitivity and gentle boundaries. She doesn’t expect them to behave like little adults and knows that children go through perfectly natural stages like tantrums.”
But despite her hands-on approach, speaking to Giovanna Fletcher on her Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Kate admitted that surrounding her children with a number of different people had helped ease her mum guilt.
“It was a real weight off my shoulders that actually it’s not totally my responsibility to do everything, because you know we all have good days, bad days – and if you can dilute that with others who aren’t on that particular day struggling… I think it makes such a difference for your child, and keeping them as constant and happy as possible,” she said.
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