In a break with royal tradition, Kate will not employ a maternity nurse. Instead, she has told friends, she will live with her parents for at least the first six weeks after leaving hospital. Kate says she "just feels safest and most secure" with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own.
The move solves the problem of where the third-in-line to the throne will live for the first few weeks of his or her life. William and Kate had hoped to move into their new home, Apartment 1A in Kenington Palace before the arrival of their first child. This week, however, a source said their scaffold-covered apartment is still "virtually uninhabitable." Aides confirmed the apartment was unlikely to be ready until at least September or October.
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, recently bought a new Georgian manor in rural Berkshire with plenty of space for their first grandchild to run around. A recent visitor said Carole, who is "over the moon" at the prospect of being a grandmother, is busy overseeing the redecoration of the house, including the installation of a new kitchen and a "nursery-style" room. "Carole fully intends to be part of this baby’s life and Catherine, for her part, plans to spend a lot of time with her parents, especially while she is waiting for the new apartment to be completed," said the source.
At the moment, Kate and William are shuttling between their rented farmhouse in Anglesey, where William is based as a Search and Rescue pilot with the RAF, and Nottingham Cottage, a modest home on the grounds of Kensington Palace.