No pressure at all, but Prince George needs a nanny. Kate Middleton and Prince William are looking to fill the royal role during the couple's tour to Australia and New Zealand in April.
According to a report published recently in the Daily Mail, Prince George's current nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb (who cared for Prince William and Prince Harry when they were children) was hired on a temporary basis for about three months, to help the royal couple get on their feet as parents. Sadly, Webb's contract is ending, and due to her advanced age, she won't be accompanying the family overseas.
"At this point, its speculation that the royal couple is shopping for a nanny, however, it's likely true, given the tour will probably be too intense for someone of Jessie Webb's age," royal expert Victoria Arbiter, tells Yahoo Shine.
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The couple won't publicly advertise the gig (for which the salary is unknown). Instead, they'll likely turn to family and friends for recommendations. "First and foremost is Prince George's safety and leaving him in capable hands, but the couple will also look for someone who has either cared for members of the royal family in the past and who is trustworthy and won't sell her experience to the tabloids," says Arbiter.
And while Arbiter says that a nanny probably wouldn't pamper Prince George in any significant way (sorry, no gold-plated bottles or 600-thread Egyptian cotton diapers), there will still be an expectation that whoever cares for him will ensure he's as well-behaved as possible, to avoid embarrassing the royal family. Of course, a spontaneous temper tantrum will be out of her hands, but manners will be strictly enforced - who could forget that photo of a naughty, but adorable 4-year-old Prince William sticking out his tongue while riding in a carriage en route to Prince Andrew and Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson's wedding?
Odds are, we won't see too much of Prince George during the tour, which will serve as an opportunity for the royal couple to visit two countries that fall within the monarchy's rule, says Arbiter. "The duke and duchess will be working and Prince George would require too much attention for them to focus on their duties," she says. "It would be difficult for them to appear at a solemn event or do charity work while also babysitting." If we catch any glimpse of Prince George, it will be in an unofficial capacity (for example, a photo of his nanny pushing his stroller in the park), during which she would be accompanied by a police officer, in order to fend off hungry photographers.
As for those rumors that Middleton's mother Carole Middleton would step into the role as nanny? "That's rubbish," says Arbiter. "Carole is Prince's George's grandmother - she's not the hired help or Mrs. Doubtfire. The grandmother would also be a distraction from the purpose of the tour, which is to celebrate and promote New Zealand and Australia."
Prince George will be the second baby to accompany his parents on tour. Back in 1983, when Prince William was one-year-old, he became the first royal baby to break in his passport when his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles brought him on tour to Australia and New Zealand. "There have been reports that Princess Diana had to ask the Queen for permission, which is true," says Arbiter. "However, it wasn't because the Queen was a dictator who would have said no. Princess Diana and Prince Charles asked out of respect, as they were to represent the Queen abroad." Asking for permission also made sense because the tour was more arduous for a baby back then. Before the advances of modern travel, it might have taken the couple four days to land in Australia with many stops along the way - an intense journey for a toddler.
And so continues Prince George's plight for the most adorable world domination.
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