The Prince and Princess of Wales are very hands-on parents to their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, but their nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo also plays a fundamental role in raising the children, The Mirror reports. Borrallo joined the family in 2014, when George was an infant, and none of the three children will be able to remember life without her and her influence on their lives, commentators say.
And, though William and Kate have sought to give their trio as normal of an upbringing as possible, royal author Tom Quinn says “the huge pressure of royal tradition cannot be ignored,” meaning that the couple have also hired a nanny to help out. Royal commentator Pauline Maclaran says Borallo will help ground George, Charlotte, and Louis as they grow up, making sure they turn out to be well-rounded and balanced people when they’re older. William himself (as well as younger brother Prince Harry) grew up with a nanny they adored, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who was a familiar face to royal fans watching the boys come of age in the 1990s.
“I think royal nannies play important roles in the lives of royal children,” Maclaren tells The Daily Express. “Apart from looking after their everyday needs and security, they can also offer a lot of support in developing the children’s cognitive and social skills.”
Because Borrallo is from Spain, George has learned “the basics” of Spanish—like counting to 10—and Charlotte has been introduced to it, as well.
“Importantly, too, they can offer important emotional support that ensures strong bonds will remain even when the children are adults,” Maclaren says.
George in particular, as heir to the throne, is being shaped now by his parents and Borrallo for how his future reign will unfold, says Dr. Ramya Mohan, a child and adolescent senior consultant developmental psychiatrist at Harley Street. “It starts now—from the focus on him during the Coronation to a lifetime of being in the public eye in a role with rich historical connotations, expectations, and gravitas,” Mohan says. “Needing to adapt in every aspect of his life in parallel with the pressure of being in the public eye in a more evident, scrutinized manner can feel like a tough tightrope walk on his own, despite access to the considerable, planned support and guidance one can expect.”
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Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
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