PRINCE GEORGE, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are looked after by nanny Maria Borrallo and an author has revealed some of the techniques and tricks the childminder is likely to use to ensure the royal tots are well behaved.
Prince William and wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hired Maria Borrallo in 2014, to help look after Prince George who was then eight months old. The nanny, who trained at the prestigious Norland College now also cares for Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince Louis, one. One author who spent a year training at the top childcare school, which has been producing nannies for the rich and famous since 1892, has told of the rules Ms Borrallo is likely to use on the Cambridge’s three children.
Author Louise Heren spent a year at the Norland College researching for a documentary and has revealed exactly what the students are taught.
Speaking to Mirror Online she revealed some of the techniques and tricks the nannies use to ensure children behave, which are likely to be used by Ms Borrallo.
The school teaches that once a child is old enough, it is important to let them help plan the day.
Giving them options to choose from, such as going to the park, baking a cake or reading, means a child is more likely to get on board with the activity.
Techniques used by Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ nanny have been revealed (Image: Getty)
Maria Borrallo first started looking after Prince George when he was eight months old (Image: Getty)
Ms Heren said: “It means that the nanny has got some control but the child has chosen what to do and is happy that they got the choice.”
Nordic nannies are also encouraged to instil a meal time routine in royal babes, such as washing your hands 10 minutes before eating and helping to lay the table.
The childminders also use meal times as a key learning opportunity.
For example setting the table involves the child counting out the right amount of cutlery for each person and the tot can be quizzed on the colours of different foods.
Maria Borrallo looks after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Image: Getty)
Nannies are also advised to offer children a choice when it comes to food, to avoid “a grizzly child”.
Kate and William’s children are also likely to have a set bedtime routine, with cues such as a bath, pyjamas and a bedtime story every night indicating that it is time for bed.
But the author acknowledges that raising royal children is different to that of ordinary citizens, as the tots will often go on royal events and tours.
As a result, part of Ms Borrallo’s job will be to ensure they are well behaved when out in public.
Maria Borrallo helps look after the children on royal outings (Image: Getty)
Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend the same school (Image: Getty)
Ms Heren said: “Her job is to keep them happy, safe and well but equally they need to be presentable and well behaved when they are on parade.”
She suggested that prior to royal events both Maria and Kate will speak to the children to tell them exactly what is going to happen, who they are going to see and what people are going to do.
For example they will be told that people are likely to wave at them, so they should wave back.
The author, who wrote Nanny in a Book, also believed Kate and Ms Borrallo have a “close and collaborative” approach to the care of the children.
British line to the throne (Image: Express)
When it comes to the nanny’s relationship with the children, Ms Heren suggested Ms Borrallo would be friendly but firm.
She said: “[Maria] will be friendly with the children but if they need a little bit of discipline she’s more than able to step in and do that.
“Their approach is very nurturing and loving. It is entirely centred around the children.
“It is about training the children by example rather than just telling them.
“It’s about saying ‘why did you do that? Think about how that would have been received’.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK