Kate Middleton is said to be ‘delighted’ that full-time nanny Maria has joined the royal household to look after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby son Prince George.


Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo is a fully trained Norland nanny, having spent four years learning her stuff at the prestigious college, which launched in 1892.

Part of the curriculum now includes stunt driving and martial arts, which – you never know – could come in handy for Maria, who is in her 30s, as she cares for Prince George.

The young royals will jet off with their baby and nanny to the southern hemisphere in early April for a tour of Australia and New Zealand (April 7 to April 25), and new nanny Maria will be an important part of making sure all the official engagements go smoothly.

She has already been getting stuck into childcare duties since starting work for the Cambridges at the end of last month.

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One of Maria’s first tasks was looking after Prince George with the help of Kate’s mum Carole Middleton while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge holidayed in the Maldives earlier this month.

There was a bit of a media backlash to the babyfree royal holiday from tabloid newspaper columnists, including the Mirror’s Carol McGiffin, who said she felt a “tad disappointed” at the couple leaving seven-month-old George with a new nanny.

But MFMers were pretty much wholly supportive of Kate and William' decision.

“I think good on them,” posted Rebekah, while TwinnyMum38 wrote, “I couldn't personally do that. But, as always, mothering is a personal thing, and really, as long as there is love and respect for your babies, it's no-one's bloody business.”

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Magda Ibrahim is a freelance writer who has written for publications including The Times and Sunday Times, The Sun, Time Out, and the London Evening Standard, as well for MadeForMums.