Kate wants to take mum Carole as ‘travel nanny’ on Australia tour
Kate Middleton wants to take mother Carole as ‘travel nanny’ to look after her son Prince George when she embarks on a tour to Australia with hubby Prince William.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are determined to keep their four-months-old son close during the action-packed trip next year and hope granny Carole Middleton can join them, the Daily Mirror reported.
Protective Kate wants only friends and family to be closely involved in raising the third in line to the throne, and hopes her mother Carole, 58, will join them as nanny to George on at least part of the official visit, the report said.
William’s former nanny Jessie Webb, 71, a close confidante who attended the royal wedding in 2011, has been working for the couple part time but is unlikely to join the tour Down Under.
“They don’t want just anyone helping out in Australia and think Carole would be perfect,” a friend of the royal couple was quoted as saying by the daily.
When Prince Charles and Princess Diana toured Australia and New Zealand in 1983, they left nine-month-old William with a nanny on a remote farm in New South Wales, visiting nine times during their six-week tour.
Mr. William and Ms. Kate, both 31, are keen to have George as close as possible during the visit, which will be their most exhaustive yet.
“William has always admired the close relationship between Carole and Michael and how they’ve raised their children in such a happy environment. That’s what he wants for George, so he and Kate are enlisting their help whenever they can,” the royal couple’s friend said.
Since giving birth to George in July, Ms. Kate has attended just nine official engagements, all of them close to home in Anglesey or Kensington Palace so as not to be apart from her baby for too long.