In just a few days, Prince William and Kate Middleton will head off to India for their first official trip to the country. The royal couple is reportedly preparing to say goodbye to their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, for the seven-day journey through the Indian sub-continent. Naturally, the children will be left in the capable hands of their nanny, Maria Turrion Borallo, but leaving them behind for the first time is still difficult.
In past interviews, William confessed that since having children, he is “a lot more emotional.” Although he “never used to get too wound up or worried,” things have changed now that he’s a father. “[N]ow the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or whatever a lot more, I think, as a father,” William admitted.
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William and Kate Middleton are famous for their desire to give their kids as normal of an upbringing as possible, which includes many family trips. But Middleton and her husband decided the royal duties in India were not child-friendly.
Sarah Dixon, a maternity nurse who has worked with friends of Kate Middleton and Prince William, revealed how such a long trip might affect little George and Charlotte. Surprisingly, it probably won’t bother Kate and William’s kids much at all!
“It’s often harder on the parents than it is on the children,” Dixon revealed. Since the nanny Kate and her husband rely on, Maria Turrion Borrallo, will still be with George and Charlotte, she can “keep the stability and keep their routine in place – which is paramount,” according to Dixon.
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Borrallo will contact Kate Middleton and her husband daily, including keeping “in touch with Skype,” so Middleton can see George and Charlotte. “I’m sure Maria will do a diary for them while they are away with…any moments [Kate and William] might have missed,” Dixon added. While Kate and William are away, their nanny “will know…the parents need extra reassurance.”
George has also started school, which according to experts will help him transition away from being with Middleton and her husband all the time. George “will have been gaining independence, saying goodbye to his parents” while knowing Middleton and William will be there every day after school is over.
Had Middleton and her husband left George sooner during the school year, it might have caused him some heartbreak. Louise Livingston, director of training at the Maria Montessori Institute, explained that Kate and William “have given him three months to settle in, and he should be very much into the rhythm of knowing how school works and what’s expected and what’s not expected.”
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Charlotte is also likely small enough that spending time with her nanny and grandparents will help ease the transition away from Kate. Visits with Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, are likely in order “as a back up,” since two children under three years old “is incredibly difficult.” Prince George in particular is attached to his grandparents, as well as great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth herself, whom he calls “Gan-gan.”
The trip is more likely to bother Kate and William than it is to cause anxiety for their children. Middleton is more likely than her children to “find it quite hard” to be 4,000 miles away since the royal trip to India marks the first time she has left Charlotte. Particularly since it’s at an age when children are learning new things every day, it’s “often very difficult for parents because they feel they have missed out on certain milestones.”
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