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Old 07-24-2013, 05:55 PM
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I was watching CNN yesterday and the royal experts were praising the great staff of the Cambridges especially their private secretaries and press officers. I loved that Miguel and Rebecca were there for two days in hospital and were just inside the Lindo Wing doors when WK took the baby outside. Ed Perkins had a big grin taking the notice outside to the car. Jamie Lowther Pinkerton can leave knowing everybody is in good hands.
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Old 07-24-2013, 06:05 PM
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Yeah, the staff did a great job, IMO. They had setup a temporary press office in the hospital so they could deal with matters there. It seems like the staff is less stuffy and down to earth people who the royal couple like.
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There is a lot of chat about the fact there is no nanny but that must be a short term situation.

My view is that Catherine, who likes to understand and get a grip on information and how things work, is applying that approach to raising her child/ren. She will employ a nanny once she understands what needs to be done and how she wants it done. Then she will feel able to employ a nanny who does the job how Catherine wants it done. She isn't someone to just hand the job over to someone else.

She has to do this is order to undertake royal duties and I think the need for them to go full time is closer than I originally thought.

They do need to handle this properly because, based on current news, one would think it was always going to be no nanny.
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:58 PM
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I think with their lives it would be impossible to not have a nanny at some point.


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Old 07-24-2013, 09:02 PM
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...My view is that Catherine, who likes to understand and get a grip on information and how things work, is applying that approach to raising her child/ren. She will employ a nanny once she understands what needs to be done and how she wants it done.
Cepe - you got this spot on you smart cookie! Kate needs to see for herself and only then does she like to make decisions. I had not figured that out!
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:04 PM
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I think everyone knows they will need a nanny, especially when they increase their official duties. The Wessex's have a nanny and she's seen all the time when the family is together.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:14 PM
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I don't think Catherine will take on full-time duties, at least not until the child(ren) are older. They will need to hire a regular nanny though. I think the nanny will be part-time but paid enough so she will be available either day or evening.

I wonder how much it will pay...
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:19 PM
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I think a nanny will be needed even for Catherine's part time role, but I feel (just me) that full time is close. She needs to find someone by (say) October that she can fully rely on and trust in, hen she can do royal duties and, who knows, have #2 baby in an established family environment particularly as they should be settled into KP1A.

William, I think, will return to the Blues and Royals and be based in London.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:41 PM
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I think your original post about how Catherine approaches life is dead on- she's meticulous and careful, and she seems to work hard to get a handle on details before she makes any big decisions. (See: how she handled her relationship with William, how carefully she chose her patronages)

I think that probably, she will go without a nanny until October, when her maternity leave will be waning, and when 1A is ready. Right now, they don't have a living situation that allows for someone else in their household, but when they move into 1A, they'll have the space, and a nanny will be able to be there when necessary, and retreat to her own space when she's not needed- allowing for care but also for the parents to have private time with baby George.

I actually think how quickly the Cambridges go full time depends largely on the health of Prince Philip, and my instinct is that this last setback means that he'll need to more or less retire- or at least GREATLY scale back, more than he already has.

I think that's the reason they've so carefully avoided committing publicly to saying what William's career plans are- we're months past when they said we'd know. I think it's because it's actually still contingent on Philip.

I could be wrong, but that's my opinion.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:44 PM
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We agree - you've just said it better than I did!
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:50 PM
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on that question, do all of the other royal families have nannies? i know princess Estelle does.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:27 PM
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I'd say that Catherine will hire a nanny when she has formed a bond with her son, and figured out how things work. I doubt she's the type to hand the baby off to a complete stranger without knowing what she wants done as a parent. Sure, there are the essentials; feeding, changing, putting to sleep, keeping clean, but then there's the routine, and having one is very important when working with children. I have no doubt that William and Catherine will want their children to grow up in a stable, and nurturing environment, and having a routine is a big part of that. Catherine and William will figure out what type of routine they want, and then will look for a nanny who will follow their philosophy. As to whether or not other royal families have nannies, I would say that more than likely they do. Royals have busy schedules, so having a person who helps with childcare is very important.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:25 PM
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I never understand the articles that say there will be no nanny and the parents will do the care with the grandparents help.

There are very few working families who don't use some kind of paid childcare to help them meet work commitments. I take my son to childcare twice per week when I work but you can't expect William and Kate to drop George to the local centre for the day - if they need help then it has to be a nanny.

Most grandparents royal or otherwise have their own work commitments nowadays and don't just stop them when they become a grandparent. As much as you want the grandparents help and they want to help it is impossible for them to cover all the care that could be needed.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:30 PM
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Yup- Charles and Camilla are certainly too busy and the Middletons run their own business
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:39 PM
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I think the notion that they don't need or want a nanny is just ridiculous. I don't see anything wrong in needing one. As one of the posters to this thread has stated, most working couples need some type of child care. It's not a sign of weakness. Same goes for needing a household staff for cooking and cleaning their "big" apartment in Kensington Palace. I just wish we could all move on from this topic. It's a bit ridiculous.
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:48 PM
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Nannies( and boarding school, later on) are perfectly normal to William and we don't actually know Kate never had one at least part time as her parents were so busy and could afford one eventually.
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I think the word "nanny" implies an employee dedicated to the baby. What the arrangement seems to be is an all-purpose assistant, perhaps with some skills that William and Kate find very useful, which could include some "babysitting" and childcare, but also other work (such as secretarial or personal assistant).

A lady's maid?
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:23 AM
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With a baby but esp. a toddler, there is no doing anything else. Unless K&W are doing some tending themselves, there will be no another work for an assistant.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:33 AM
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They have the housekeeper who used to be one of the queens maid and they have the orderly from the military. They have their office staff which takes care of the correspondence, diary and press. I would think that the baby could be left with the housekeeper for a couple of hours if needed.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:23 PM
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I'd say that Catherine will hire a nanny when she has formed a bond with her son, and figured out how things work. I doubt she's the type to hand the baby off to a complete stranger without knowing what she wants done as a parent. Sure, there are the essentials; feeding, changing, putting to sleep, keeping clean, but then there's the routine, and having one is very important when working with children. I have no doubt that William and Catherine will want their children to grow up in a stable, and nurturing environment, and having a routine is a big part of that. Catherine and William will figure out what type of routine they want, and then will look for a nanny who will follow their philosophy. As to whether or not other royal families have nannies, I would say that more than likely they do. Royals have busy schedules, so having a person who helps with childcare is very important.
All babies settle into the same routine eventually ... I doubt they have no help . I think a night nanny or maternity nurse is there to help and give advice otherwise parents get babies into very bad habits and worry too much about which childcare advice to follow . If they have no help they /she will be tired anyway and why shouldn't she have the full leave everyone is entitled too .
I doubt they would leave the baby with an unqualified housekeeper .
They can afford it so I am sure they will go for the best care possible .
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