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Royal nanny: to be or not to be?

July 25, 2013 10:35 AM

So far, Prince George of Cambridge doesn't have a nanny. (John Stillwell/Associated Press)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are doing things their way when it comes to bringing up their new son, Prince George.

In the past, royal mothers hired maternity nurses to help with the baby after leaving hospital.

Kate refused that option and went home to her mother, Carole Middleton.

There also won't be the usual royal nanny for the time being, at least.

Prince Charles had three nannies. His mother - Princess Elizabeth when he was born in 1948, and Queen from February 1952 on - was often away on lengthy official tours.

She missed his first three birthdays but did rearrange her weekly meetings with Prime Minister Winston Churchill in order to see her young son at bath time.

Prince William's mother Diana was much more hands-on. When she and Prince Charles toured Australia in 1983, they took nine-month-old William with them.

William and Harry had nannies but they spent a lot of time with their parents.

While child care experts applaud William and Kate's decision to bring up baby their way, Sigrid Daniel believes they will need help.

She runs, an online nanny agency, and says "they will be fine for the first few weeks but once they resume their activities - William works and Kate needs to fulfil official responsibilities - they will find it difficult to cope without a nanny."

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