Prince George will be looked after by his Spanish nanny during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of New Zealand and Australia.
The eight-month-old Prince will be in the care of Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo when they are carrying out official engagements Down Under.
Turrion Borrallo, 43, was trained at the prestigious Norland College and joined the royal household last month.
Norland College has been producing nannies for the rich and famous since 1892 and its students are known for their distinctive uniforms and are schooled in all aspects of childcare during their three-year degree course and separate Norland diploma.
Prince William and Kate met Turrion Borrallo before she was appointed and a Kensington Palace spokesman has said the royal couple are “happy and delighted she’s come on board”.
Turrion Borrallo is a full-time live-in replacement for William’s former nanny 71-year-old Jessie Webb, who had looked after George when the couple needed her. Speaking about the official trip the spokesman added: “When they’re out and about she will be looking after Prince George.”
William and Kate’s program for the tour Down Under features very few evening events so it appears the couple will be on hand to look after their son at the end of the day.
Royal nannies have been important figures within palaces over the decades, caring for and shaping the emotional well-being of future kings and queens. They often come recommended, having already worked for other members of the family, or they have close ties with family friends, but it is not known if Turrion Borrallo was nominated by someone close to the couple.
In the past, nannies have become substitute mothers, often spending more time with royal children than their own parents, with their charges continuing to turn to them for support throughout their lives. The Prince of Wales was particularly close to his nanny, Mabel Anderson.
As a young child, he spent most of the day with his nannies Helen Lightbody and her deputy Mabel, usually seeing his mother for 30 minutes in the morning and then after tea before bed, according to his biographer, Jonathan Dimbleby.
His father, the Duke of Edinburgh, a naval officer, was also often at sea and in later years his parents were away on lengthy royal tours while he stayed with his grandparents.
Dimbleby wrote that separation, combined with his parents’ emotional reserve, ensured that the “bonds of affection” between Charles and his nannies were “at least as powerful … as those between the child and his parents”.
Mabel, who took charge of his care when Helen Lightbody left following a disagreement with the duke, was firm but kind and gentle and played a pivotal role in Charles’s upbringing. Even in adulthood the Prince turned to her for comfort and advice and paid for the decoration of her grace and favour apartment at Windsor when she retired.
William and Prince Harry still adore their former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now Tiggy Pettifer. They remain close and she was a guest at William and Kate’s wedding, while her son Tom, William’s godson, acted as a page boy.
It was Tiggy whom William asked to attend his Eton speech day rather than his warring parents, owing to the attention they would bring. She even once described William and Harry as “my babies” and later played a key role in helping them adjust after the death of their mother in 1997.
No nonsense but fun nanny Olga Powell, who came to work for the Waleses when William was six-months-old, was also a figure of stability for the princes, staying to care for them for 15 years.
She was 52 at the time, in contrast to William’s mother Diana who was just 21, and even after her retirement was invited to key milestones such as William’s 21st celebrations at Windsor Castle, his passing out at Sandhurst and his wedding. William missed a royal engagement to attend her funeral in October 2012.