Kate and Wills gear up for Australia trip – and nanny goes too
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to take a nanny on their trip to Australia and New Zealand to care for Prince George on his first royal tour, Kensington Palace has announced.
The nanny, who has not been named, will accompany William and Kate on their visit to New Zealand and Australia in April to look after their son while they carry out official duties, a spokesman said.
Palace officials would not confirm who the nanny is, but the couple may opt to take William's former nanny Jessie Webb, who has been helping the Cambridges with childcare duties on an ad hoc basis.
The baby will be eight months old when he flies Down Under with his parents on his first official overseas tour.
The three-week visit will echo the Prince Charles and Princess Diana's visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1983 when they took William, then just nine months old.
The little prince will be seen in public at least four times when he embarks and disembarks aircraft. It is hoped that he will also attend a couple of events on the tour, one in each country, though officials said confirmation of his attendance would be made closer to the time.
The visit could see the first time that the third in line to the British throne is left overnight without either of his parents – the couple are planning a two-day trip in New Zealand without the youngster.
Miguel Head, the Duke of Cambridge's private secretary, said: "The party is similar in size to recent overseas visits undertaken by Their Royal Highnesses. "A new addition to the party is, of course, Prince George's nanny."
He confirmed that the couple would not source a local nanny abroad but would take someone from Britain.
On bringing the baby on the tour, he said: "Like any new parents, they wanted to ensure that the decision was theirs and it wasn't driven by any other people's expectations.
"They have come to the decision because it is a long way to go and for a long time – three-and-a-half weeks, including the travel – and it's a decision that they feel comfortable with."