The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will bring their baby son
George to New Zealand in April. Photo Reuters
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on the lookout for
a nanny to look after baby George on their trip to New Zealand
and Australia in April, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper has
The royal couple's current nanny, Jessie Webb - who looked
after Prince William when he was a child and came out of
retirement to tend George - has reached the end of her
Mrs Webb, 71, took the job on the condition that she would
work only for three months, the newspaper reported. "Mrs Webb
is still at Kensington Palace and William and Kate are keen
to retain her services, but they are discreetly looking for
extra help for the month-long trip this spring," the paper
The Duke and Duchess did not hire a maternity nurse after
George's birth last July. Instead the couple moved into the
Middleton family home in Berkshire so that Kate's mother,
Carole, could help out.
When they moved to Kensington Palace last September, they
persuaded Mrs Webb to join their household.
It had been rumoured that Carole Middleton could join the
tour down under to help look after George. However, aides
insist that will not be the case and the couple will instead
hire a new nanny.
Prospective candidates would need to be experienced,
discreet, trained in paediatric first aid and demonstrate an
ability to cope in stressful situations, Janine Bayley of
nanny recruitment agency Rock mybaby.co.nz said.
"We have placed nannies and babysitters for some high profile
families including Hollywood actors while visiting in New
Zealand," Mrs Bayley said. "We find their expectations just
the same as other families, although we do encourage the
nannies not to become star struck.
"At the end of the day, parents want someone who is
responsive to their child's needs, able to provide a quality,
educational environment and someone who knows how to have
fun. Regardless of where we are in society, we just want the
very best for our children."
The royal entourage may include a housekeeper and Kate's
personal hairdresser, Amanda Cook Tucker.
Royal nannying: Five keys to success
1 Mum is the word. Discretion will be vital as the ravenous
media look to exploit any means to find fresh angles on the
visit. The nanny should be occasionally seen, but certainly
2 Sleep is over-rated. With near constant travel and a packed
diary of obligations to fulfil, the royal couple will be
constantly on the move. The nanny can expect to be on call
3 Say cheese. Photo ops for baby George will be par for the
course and there's every chance the nanny will get caught in
the lens at some point. A constant smile would be a good
4 Keep calm and carry on. George soils his nappy while
meeting John Key? No drama. It's just another day at the
office. Hand me the wipes.
5 A way with children. It may seem obvious, but if wee George
isn't taken with his nanny that is going to be one long trip
from Kensington Palace and back.