Royal baby No. 3!

Yours takes a peek be­hind the nurs­ery door to see how the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge will adapt to the ar­rival of baby No. 3!

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Out­num­bered! This is the fate of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge when their one-of-each fam­ily in­creases with baby num­ber three.

Like the long-suf­fer­ing par­ents from the pop­u­lar sit­com Out­num­bered, will Wil­liam and Kate find their brood of three run­ning rings around them – and in­deed, rul­ing the Royal roost? Un­likely. Af­ter all – the Royal par­ents have back-up in the form of Span­ish nanny Maria Turin Bor­rallo, who is more than ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing the bal­ance. As one of three her­self, it’s thought that Kate al­ways wanted a third child – un­like Wil­liam who, ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, needed per­suad­ing! “Wil­liam was more re­luc­tant, not just be­cause he was one of two, but be­cause George was quite a dif­fi­cult baby. Then they had Char­lotte and she was a lot eas­ier. Now the idea of a new­born doesn’t seem half as chal­leng­ing. They’ve done it twice be­fore and have all their staff in place.” True, but there’s no doubt that the ar­rival of a third child al­ters the fam­ily dy­namic. Prince George will sim­ply be­come el­dest brother to two si­b­lings, but Princess Char­lotte will no longer be the baby! How­ever, signs are that the lit­tle girl will take it all in her stride. The young Princess, de­scribed as “a lit­tle joy of heaven” by her fa­ther, has grown into a con­fi­dent lit­tle girl who her mother has been quoted as say­ing

is, “the one in charge”. This was echoed by Char­lotte’s great-grand­mother. When pre­sent­ing a chil­dren’s prize at San­dring­ham last year, Her Majesty asked a ten-yearold girl whether she ‘looked af­ter’ her lit­tle sis­ter. When the child’s mother replied that it was the other way around, the Queen re­marked, “It's like that with Char­lotte and George.” With this is mind, it’s likely that big sis­ter Char­lotte will be very pro­tec­tive to­wards her new sib­ling. It’s be­lieved she’s been prac­tis­ing her big sis­ter skills on her dolls since find­ing out about the new baby – which, in­ci­den­tally, was told to them on an evening last au­tumn as the chil­dren were be­ing treated to cup­cakes af­ter din­ner. They were, ac­cord­ing to an in­sider, ‘Very ex­cited’.

And Kate is de­ter­mined that nei­ther child’s nose is put out of joint with re­gards to the new ar­rival. “Kate wants them to par­tic­i­pate in mak­ing the baby feel wel­come, so she's al­low­ing them each to choose a spe­cial stuffed an­i­mal to place in the baby’s nurs­ery,” adds a source close to Kens­ing­ton Palace. “And thrifty Kate hasn’t splurged on many new fur­nish­ings and the nurs­ery is filled with hand-me-downs, in­clud­ing George and Char­lotte's old toys.” On a prac­ti­cal level, George and Char­lotte are now busy with school and nurs­ery which will carry on the same as usual. “George is very happy at school and Char­lotte has set­tled in well, too,” re­veals a Royal in­sider. “It won't be easy for Wil­liam and Kate with three chil­dren vy­ing for their at­ten­tion, but they are a very solid and happy cou­ple, so they'll make it work! “It is un­likely that Wil­liam and Kate, who are no­tice­ably hand­son, will hire a sec­ond nanny – with the chil­dren in school dur­ing the day, they feel they will be able to cope.” It is likely, how­ever, that their mother will em­ploy a ma­ter­nity nurse, as she did af­ter the birth of Princess Char­lotte, to see the new­born and the third-time mum through the first few dif­fi­cult months. Af­ter the birth of Prince George in July 2013, Kate was de­ter­mined to do every­thing her­self but Go­erge proved to be a poor sleeper, leav­ing his brand-new, in­ex­pe­ri­enced mum ex­hausted. Hope­fully baby num­ber three will be more like Char­lotte who is re­ported to have been a good sleeper from the off.

As many third-time moth­ers will at­test, there isn’t a huge dif­fer­ence go­ing from two to three chil­dren. Kate is al­ready a hands-on Royal mum – even more so than Wil­liam’s own mum Diana. Al­though an ador­ing mother who “hugged her chil­dren to death”, Diana was the prod­uct of an aris­toctatic home, so it was staff who were largely re­spon­si­ble for Wil­liam and Harry’s day-to­day care.

Kate is clearly tak­ing a leaf out of her own mid­dle­class mother’s moth­er­ing man­ual and it was to Ca­role that Kate turned af­ter the birth of Prince George, want­ing, as many first-time mums do, to be with her own mother while learn­ing the ropes.

“My par­ents taught me about the im­por­tance of qual­i­ties like kind­ness, re­spect, and hon­esty, and I re­alise how cen­tral val­ues like these have been to me through­out my life,” Kate said late last year. “That is why Wil­liam and I want to teach our chil­dren just how im­por­tant these things are as they grow up. In my view, it is just as im­por­tant as ex­celling at maths or sport.” Kate and Wil­liam are also adamant that their priv­i­leged chil­dren do not be­come ‘spoilt brats’. “They have set rules for the chil­dren and use ‘time-out’ tech­niques if they ever fight or throw food. And they don't al­low them to stay up late,” re­veals our Kens­ing­ton Palace in­sider. “Good be­hav­iour is re­warded with plenty of fun, though, which the new baby will soon be join­ing in on. “Kate's a stick­ler for rou­tine and the chil­dren are im­pec­ca­bly be­haved. They may have a nanny but are still en­cour­aged to tidy up the play­room. Kate al­ways in­sists they eat their veg­gies, too, and ta­ble man­ners were drilled into them from an early age.” So, is this the Cam­bridge’s fam­ily com­plete? Or will Kate and Wil­liam try for an­other baby?

We’ll leave it to Kate’s un­cle, Gary Goldsmith, to have the last word. “She’s a nat­u­ral mother,” he has said. “Will she stop at three? I doubt it. They are hav­ing such fun with the ba­bies.”

‘The nurs­ery is filled with hand-medowns, in­clud­ing George and Char­lotte's old toys’

Prince George showed he could be a good big brother when he wel­comed Princess Char­lotte, but now she’s the one in charge!

Royal Ba­bies – a Heir-Rais­ing His­tory by Ali­son James is pub­lished April 21 by Danann Pub­lish­ing, priced £20. Avail­able from all good book­shops or Ama­zon.co.uk

Top: Kate with her lit­tle ones. Above, nanny Maria chats to the Queen and be­low, Nanny in charge!

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