Prince William and Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are already looking ahead to their second baby. This week a family source was widely reported as saying that, “they’d love to be pregnant again by the end of the year. They want a brother or sister for George.”
The proud royal parents have moved to the idyllic Kensington Palace, Apartment 1A, set in the pastoral Kensington Gardens, London. A day nursery and a night nursery have been established in their 57 room apartment in anticipation of new children to come. There will be plenty of room for siblings.
Most families have at least two or three children and this couple fit the statistics, despite their unique lifestyle. Prince William is the elder of his sibling, Prince Harry. The Duchess of Cambridge is the eldest of three siblings; her sister Pippa, now engaged and her brother James. It is destined for new babies to join the family.
Steve Martin a sociologist at the University of Maryland analyzed the 2004 US government survey and confirmed that 28 percent of women over 35 have three children or more. Back in the 1950’s the average number of children was four. Given that Kate is only 31 and that they have unlimited wealth, family support, youthfulness and extensive living space, it is reasonable that Prince William and Kate will produce a larger family.
The new Prince George lives with his parents in the London Palace where his grandmother, Diana Princess of Wales, had her official place of residence until her untimely death in 1997. Diana referred to the Palace as KP and would doubtless be delighted by the new happenings. Prince George, not yet 3 months old, is looked after by Prince William’s nanny, Jessie Webb. Ms Webb had been in retirement but agreed to return to the job of part-time nanny. Now 71, Ms Webb was Prince William and Prince Harry’s nanny in the early 1990’s.
Prince William was already at school when Ms Webb came into his life. Her tenure was ended by Princess Diana who did not want her boys to form an attachment that would make her parenting role less relevant. The irony is that this nanny provided a warm relationship that has stood the passing of time and has proven a meaningful link for Prince William’s offspring, the future King of England.
Ms Webb attended the April 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as an honored guest and so the invitation to be the nanny for Prince George was not altogether a surprise. She has enthusiastically accepted responsibility for the tiny new baby. Whenever the couple is out performing royal functions, it is she who tends to the baby’s needs.
The little Prince joins other predecessors who have lived at Kensington Palace since 1689. The four story apartment that will be their home has been upgraded since its previous tenant, Princess Margaret. Princess Margaret, the Queen of England’s only sister, lived in Apartment 1A from 1960.
State rooms at the Palace are open to the public but are far from the exclusive royal home. It is unlikely that a royal viewing will be on offer to enthusiastic tourists, even when Prince William and Kate Middleton announce the newest baby news and the next pregnancy.
By Vicky Judah