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While his arrival was plastered around the world and seen by millions, the royal baby will now be introduced to life inside the family’s plush Apartment 1A residence.
Waiting for the Prince William and Kate Middleton’s third baby is the Peter Rabbit-themed nursery filled with lots of new toys – some of them gifts from his older siblings Charlotte, two, and George, four.
The royal parents are extremely hands on, and have officially confirmed that they won’t be hiring a maternity nurse to help out with the sleepless nights.
Like Princess Diana noted with Prince Charles, Prince William is a natural with the children in the nursery and bathtime, and along with Kate, is said to want to keep life as smooth possible for his three kids.
Prince George has just headed back to school for his summer term and they are keen to ensure his routine is uninterrupted.
Hours after the arrival their new sibling, George and Charlotte were brought to the hospital hand-in-hand with their dad to be among the first to meet their new playmate.
And then the new family of five whisked themselves back to Kensington Palace to make the kids’ bedtime before lessons the next day.
While Kate is usually at the helm of the family’s Range Rover, making the four-mile school run to George’s Battersea School and Charlotte’s nursery behind the Royal Albert Hall, William is expected to take the reins.
In Charles and Diana’s day, around a dozen full-time staff were around for the upbringing of William – including butlers, valets and housekeepers.
Now the main household figure is bowler hat-wearing nanny Maria Borrallo, 46, who joined the royal household in 2014 when Prince George was just eight months old.
Maria trained at the prestigious Norland College, making her one of the most sought-after nannies in the country.
Madrid-born Maria can often be seen taking the kids to the Round Pond in Kensington Palace, just a stone’s throw from her live-in quarters with the family.
Her private area includes a bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and bathroom.
When Prince George was born in 2013, Kate and William were living in the cosy two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage, where Meghan and Harry are currently living.
As renovations were taking place at the palace, they moved to Kate’s parents’ Berkshire home for a peaceful start to George’s upbringing.
Now the pad has seen a £4.5 million refurbishment, and features five reception rooms, three master bedrooms and additional dressing rooms, bathrooms and a gym.
For the three little Windsors there is a night nursery for sleeping, and a day nursery for playtime.
The first floor has the master bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, along his-and-hers dressing rooms for the Duke and Duchess.
The heart of the home is the new kitchen, where Kate and Will like to host their nearest and dearest, and cook “messy” pizza treats with George and Charlotte.
More formal guests are entertained in two drawing rooms – one of which features a grand piano and cream sofas.
Meanwhile staff, who are typically called by first name by the family instead of by surname, take a lift to reach their quarters on the top floor, which has nine bedrooms.
The family may live in a palace, but still bop to Capital Radio over breakfast, have takeaway meals and enjoy a TV evening like the next person.
No doubt the baby will soon be up to mischief with his new siblings in no time.
While the royal family may be trying to keep the kids’ lives as normal as possible, life for Megan Markle may look a little different after she ties the knot with Prince Harry in May.
As the wedding day approaches, the former Suits star will be getting to grips with the strict rules that come with being a member of the royal family.
The actress has already deleted her Instagram account, but will also not be able to vote, go out in public alone, or take selfies.
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