Like any new parent, the thought of handing childcare over to a stranger (albeit a well-trained and experienced stranger) is a daunting task. The Duchess of Cambridge has fought an uphill battle of child-rearing without hired help, a battle she will lose as soon as her engagements start again.
In the months leading up to Prince George‘s birth, media outlets reported on stories describing William and Catherine as “modern parents,” eager to take on parenting without nannies or baby nurses.
While Catherine experiences the luxury of Carole Middleton‘s assistance in George’s first weeks, reality will soon set it and it will become apparent that she’ll require help. The Duchess is due to commence her royal duties in a matter of weeks, and the full schedule will unfortunately take her away from George for many hours of the day.
A source told Britain’s Sunday People (via the Daily Mail) that William and Catherine reached out to his former nanny, Jessie Webb to help them raise their son.
“They both accept the view that they won’t be able to do it all,” a palace source told the paper. “There is also a feeling that Kate might lay herself open to criticism if she is seen letting her mother have too much influence.
“William has very fond memories of Jessie and they’ve put the idea to her that she comes back. I think she’s very flattered.”