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!
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!