Prince George’s ‘foreign nanny’ ID’d: Spanish-born Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo


As we know by now, Prince George of Cambridge has two nannies. At least. That we know of. Prince William’s former nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb, was yanked out of retirement by William last year, just weeks after Kate gave birth to George. Jessie agreed to work for William and Kate with the understanding that it would be temporary. But Jessie is still there, awaiting her retirement. Instead of letting Jessie go on a well-deserved cruise, Will and Kate hired a second nanny to accompany them during their tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Within days of the news of the “new nanny hunt,” there was an announcement… a new nanny had been found! Some said she was English, some said she was “foreign.” I said that they had probably hired two nannies, one English and one foreign. But all they’re admitting to at the moment is one, the foreign-born (but English educated) nanny… who we now know as Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. They hired a nanny named Maria?! OMG. The Sound of Music.

The new nanny employed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to help look after Prince George has been named as Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

William and Kate are said to be delighted the nanny has decided to join their royal household.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Maria is a full-time nanny, who started work with us recently, and will be accompanying the Duke and Duchess and Prince George to New Zealand and Australia.”

The new recruit trained at the prestigious Norland College which has been producing childminders for the rich and famous since 1892. The institution’s students are known for their distinctive uniforms and are schooled in all aspects of looking after youngsters during their three-year degree course.

Ms Turrion Borrallo is from Spain and started working for the Cambridges a few weeks ago.
William and Kate met her before she was appointed and a Kensington Palace spokesman said the royal couple were “happy and delighted she’s come on board”.

Speaking about the tour of New Zealand and Australia he added: “When they’re out and about she will be looking after Prince George as she’s been doing for the last couple of weeks.”

The palace requests that, as an employee of the royal household, Borrallo and her privacy — as well as the privacy of her family and friends — be respected. “We will not be giving further details on Maria or her employment, except to say that the Duke and Duchess are of course delighted she has chosen to join them,” the rep says.

[From The Telegraph & Us Weekly]

This announcement from Kensington Palace came in the midst of a plea for privacy – as in, we’ll tell you the name of our new nanny, but please don’t ask anything else about this whole nanny situation, okay? Like, did Will and Kate really leave Jessie and Maria in charge of Prince George during their week-long vacation in the Maldives? And will Jessie Webb ever be allowed to retire, or will she have to spend her last years looking after a fussy baby… and Prince George?

Does anyone else think this detail is funny? “William and Kate met her before she was appointed…” Like, how generous of them! They met her before they hired her to look after their baby just before they jetted off to Maldives for a week. Is it really so uncommon in the upper classes to meet the people responsible for taking of your children that it has to be noted in a press release?

Anyway, good luck to Maria. I have a feeling she’s going to need it.



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  1. Samantha25 says:

    Why is this news? Do people really care? Obviously since there’s a story about it but I’m amazed that so much coverage is given for a name.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      And what difference does it make that she’s “foreign?” Are the people afraid she’s a Spanish sleeper cell there to kidnap baby George?

      • bluhare says:

        Britain is quite sensitive to Europeans taking jobs at the moment.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        @Bluhare thanks for the info. I had no idea. I was thinking they probably wanted someone to help him learn a foreign language and missed the bigger issue.

      • Archaeologist says:

        Well, the far right are. The sensible of society don’t have much of an issue. This story has been spread by a right wing newspaper so the Spanish bit has been played upon. This is not the viewpoint of the British majority, FYI.

      • bluhare says:

        Glad to hear that Archaeologist.

      • bluhare says:

        PS I obviously need better reading material. 🙂

      • Jobird says:

        “The sensible in society don’t have much of an issue”?!?

        How very condescending of you. The EU has essentially forced open borders on the UK & a significant proportion of the population have legitimate concerns across a number of areas such an employment & crime. But of course those people are just not very sensible I suppose. Let’s just call them peasants & be done with it.

      • LAK says:

        Actually the No 1 stated worry for a lot of people after the economy is immigrants especially after the UK was forced to accept them by the EU and labour saying it was a deliberate policy to open the borders for votes.

        UKIP is now taken seriously when it’s only manifesto is about keeping the borders closed and keeping every one inside the borders British.

      • bluhare says:

        Oh good. Thanks you guys. I can keep reading the Daily Mail now!! 🙂

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think it’s odd that they waited so long. Most women I know hire at least a night nurse for the first few weeks who can bring you the baby if you’re nursing and the baby wakes up in the middle of the night. That way, you’re not as exhausted during the day. And I’m not talking about super rich people. I just think it’s odd that they didn’t plan better, and have things arranged so they’re not yanking old ladies out of retirement and scrambling around right before they go on this tour.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      Maybe Kate had some wacky idea of caring for the baby herself, but as soon as Georgie did his first stinky poo, she screamed “GET ME A NANNY!”

      • woodstock_schulz says:

        LMAO…I can see her holding the baby with her arms fully extended so he’s as far away from her as possible, while yelling this to William!

      • bluhare says:

        Actually, I hear “MUMMY!!!!”, not William. 🙂

    • Splinter says:

      I wouldn’t want some strange person bringing me my baby, especially in the first weeks, just saying.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Certainly, it’s up to the individual, and I could see you point of view. What I meant, but didn’t say very clearly is, obviously they were going to get a nanny at some point, so why didn’t they line someone up to avoid all this scrambling?

      • Green Girl says:

        While I do see your point and I actually agree with it, for some women, a night nurse is a blessing. If the mom has had a difficult pregnancy and/or delivery, then she needs as much sleep as she can get. Having a night nurse who can change the diapers and soothe the baby can help immensely. (FWIW, I know a few people who have had night nurses, and they are far from well-off. It was just a need they had and they gave up other stuff because they felt it was well-worth it in the long run.)

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      • Hibitta says:

        Amen sister.

    • Jen says:

      Most women you know hire a night nurse? Seriously? Where exactly do you live?

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I live in the mid-Atlantic, but at the time most of my friends were having children I lived in the south, then New York.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Also, Jen, I used the present tense, and should have used the past tense since I’m 56 and my friends my age are no longer having babies. Perhaps people don’t do this anymore.

      • Madi says:

        When I first read that you live in the mid-Atlantic being a non American the first thing that popped into my very small brain was no wonder you had a night nurse, you must have been exhausted from treading water all day

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, Madi. No, I’m not out in the ocean.

      • bluhare says:

        You an me, Madi, and I live here.

        Sign me,

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I should have said mid-Atlantic region, lol

    • Angelic21 says:

      They did all this because they think people are stupid and will buy their excuse and PR crap about being normal, stay at home, can’t work because raising George all by myself shit. Tyre fact is Kate never looked after George all by herself ever, in the being she had her mom,a housekeeper who joined her at Midds home,a nurse from hospital, then even before she moved out of Ma Midds home she hired William’s nanny and now officially another 1. It’s simple she can’t work because she is looking after her son all by herself but then in reality she always had help and can leave her son to go on vacations half way around the world. Now i’m not shading them for hiring a nanny or housekeeper or a cook or a dozen staff member because I’ll do it too if I had the money, it’s all the lying, saying something else and doing something else or nothing in. their case, treating people who pay for their lifestyle as idiots who’ll buy their pathetic excuses and not working for all the privileges and money they get on tab payers back is what annoys me and that’s what i’m criticising them for. They are privileged, rich, spoiled, just be honest, grateful, stop patronising actual normal people and start at least pretending to work. Enough is enough.

      • CynicalCeleste says:

        This. Seems naive to think there would NOT be an entire team of nameless night (and day) nannies on call at Kensington Palace. Just be honest about it for heavens sake.

      • hmmm says:

        You’re so right, @Angelic,

        They patronise normal people, people who truly work and work hard. They never cease to offend with their contemptible fairy tales.

      • FLORC says:

        It is really becoming obvious to even their defenders.
        Kate can’t work because she’s a stay at home mom.
        Kate needs nannies so she can vacation without George.
        Kate needs more nannies for George even when not on vacation…
        The contradiction shows they just don’t care about true image.
        The fluff articles will save them because we’re peasants without the internet and common sense.

  3. Christina says:

    “They hired a nanny named Maria?! OMG. The Sound of Music.” I almost fell out of my chair laughing from this – great line. I now envision more baby royals frolicking in song around the fountain outside of Buckingham Palace. Thanks for the chuckle and welcome Nanny Maria – best of luck to her!

    • Splinter says:

      Apparently this Maria is trained to use her Tae Kwon-Do skills while dodging a potential kidnapped with a pram.

      • candice says:

        Rather, she’d use her Tae Kwon Do skills to dodge a potential photographer trying to take a photo with their phone!

      • Rockymtnprincess says:

        I read some where that she was trained in professional driving. I got a got chuckle out of the mental images that popped in my head of cartoon like car chases out running the paps. Love it!

      • Liberty says:

        Yes — also from the Telegraph:
        Last year it emerged that Norland College in Bath, Somerset, had added martial arts classes and skid pan training to its curriculum to meet the needs of modern wealthy parents.
        Norland nannies are considered the most prestigious and are the favourites of royals, celebrities and the super-rich. But their Mary Poppins-style brown uniforms, felt hats and white gloves makes them instantly recognisable and vulnerable to robbers and kidnappers.
        Parents worried about their children being held for ransom or being chased by photographers are requiring their nannies to know how to deal with potential attackers as well as master the traditional skills of first aid, sewing and cooking.
        The trainees – who pay £36,000 for the four-year BA Honours degree course – are now being taken to Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire for lessons in how to drive at high speed in any weather conditions.
        The classes teach the nannies driving techniques, such as skid pan control, that will help them safely get away from pursuing photographers trying to take pictures of the children in their care.

      • FLORC says:

        A BA for ONLY 36k?! 🙁

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        Um…get rid of the conspicuous uniform. Sacrifice child safety for name branding much?

      • Liberty says:

        @FLORC — I just checked; average cost at a state university in the US for an in state student is around $8900 to $11K. So this is competitive, I suppose, and you even get to learn to outdrive the paps….

        @Dame Snarkweek — I know, right???? I read that and….sigh. But, sadly, I can imagine certain mums that my friends know wanting to show off the “posh nanny” they are able to hire, and being willing to sacrifice security to do so. 🙁

      • FLORC says:

        I paid 8k a year to go to an in state college for my BS. That was 2003-2006 and the cost inflated just under 2k a year. My Masters was insane and out of state. Both schools were New England which can be very expensive I guess.
        Tuition + Books + Cost Of Living = Lots!
        I have a friend going for their BA in sate here in CT and it’s 14k a year and going up .

  4. Loopy says:

    ‘will she have to spend her last years looking after a fussy baby… and Prince George?’ LMAO

  5. Clever hand says:

    I’m kind of mystified by the tone of this article, why all the snark?

    • CC says:

      I think it’s because of the previous “oh we’re so normal, we’ll be so hands-on with no nannies” spiel they had before. Because other than that, let’s face it, it’s rather common for people to get daysitters, if that’s all they can afford, especially with really young children in pre-kindergarden age, or babysitters (if wealthy).

      The “foreign” thing is probably due to some of the xenophobia some of the British population shows (not all) where there’s a vocal contingent that equals foreigns to almost an infestation.

      The “normal” UK people are ok with productive, non disruptive foreigns. Including nannies.

      • qwerty says:

        Those people rarely have problems with foreigners from Spain. If they wanted to take a stance against xenophobia, their nanny would be from Poland or India.

    • toto says:

      @clever hand

      C e l e b i t c h y

      • FLORC says:

        And there’s a long history that built up alll this snark in people.

        This isn’t even the only site that is writing snarky articles about these 2. Check out the last few DM articles, the Guardian, HuffingtonPost. Everyone seems to have had it with forming an argument that we should be fawning over them. They’ve struggled and given up it seems.

      • bluhare says:

        Huffington Post is less than glowing? I must go read. I made the mistake of commenting there once and had to go to the hospital and get my face reattached.

      • FLORC says:

        Lol Bluhare

        I’ve notced the negative comments there get removed, much like the DMO resets their arrows and remove comments too.

        My Comments have posted and then when others agree it gets removed.

        Tides appear to be turning. It’s getting harder for journalist to paint a normal and relatable image of them. Especially when the public are calling out the journalist on the facts.

      • Maggie says:

        Oh you’re hoping FLORC. Not gonna happen!. The majority of ppl like them. Your jealousy glasses are clouding your judgement.

      • FLORC says:

        Maggie I thought we were beyond personal attacks and you stalking me in the threads. Either engage in a fact based debate or don’t direct comments to me at all.
        I rarely get personal towards other posters. Please follow my example.

      • Maggie says:

        Florc I’m not stalking you or personally attacking you. I’m teasing you because it’s so obvious you have a big dislike going on for these two. They aren’t going to go away and I must disagree with you on their popularity. They were hugely popular when they visited Canada. Katherine was lovely and ppl adored her. She was so gracious. Both were fun loving a really good sports. Don’t take it so seriously!

      • Suze says:

        Did you get to see them Maggie?

        I think the Canada trip was the zenith of good press for those two.

      • My2Pence says:

        Everyone gets to take this as seriously or lightly as they choose. Those who pay for this circus will probably take it more seriously, as is the right of those who feel their taxes are being misused and abuse by the Lazy. Fangirls will take it less seriously, because many of them are outside the UK and not paying for the circus.

        I suspect that the number (or percentage of the population) that ever bothers to think about royals is quite small. Historians, the few monarchists left, and the fangirls (many of them not based in the UK or Commonwealth). That handful of people is not enough to stem the negative tide that is rising. When push comes to shove, the cost of the royals is not value for money. As day-to-day life gets harder for all but the 1%, the royals’ position gets even more precarious.

        The big outlets are starting to take notice of the criticism (DM, Telegraph, Guardian, Huffington, People). They’re all bringing on subtle shade and pointing out how little William and Kate do for the money they cost. That it has taken only 3 years for those big outlets to start piling on is remarkable.

        Some people fawned over them during the Canada tour, others showed up and protested against them. We’ve seen posters from Canada on here who are furious at having to pay 3X what they pay in the UK to support a basically foreign head of state. There will be people who fawn over them during the NZ/AU tour and there will be those who criticize the pointlessness of the tour and of a foreign head of state.

        A lot of those who show up are there out of simple curiousity; they want to see Diana’s son. They aren’t necessarily drawn to William (because as a person he just isn’t all that nice or charismatic), but they are drawn by the IDEA of him. Now the shine of “Diana’s son” is wearing off and more and more people see him for the spoiled, lazy, entitled bully that he really is.

        When HM passes there will be big changes. If William and Kate aren’t showing value for money, the changes will happen sooner rather than later.

      • FLORC says:

        Well, i’ve made it known to you i’m not taking your comments as teasing, but as rude. You’ve never corrected me in thinking this either when asked. Moving on..

        And I agree Kate looked great in Canada. William and Kate looked loving and seemed to adore eachother. No argument there. This was the apex of their popularity riding high from the wedding and good press. The Canada pics are like the White bikini pics. Those show Kate in the very best light and though not being recent are always used to defend.
        I’m basing my opinion on the growing outrage against William and Kate. More articles that were glowing are now admitting they have many faults. Also, how their PR responds in a more defensive way lately.

        You’re free to state why you think they’re still as popular now as Canada days. I will welcome that.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        FLORC did not intentionally failing to interpret your remarks as sarcasm/joking. English is not her first language and irony is hard for her to catch in print.
        Did you get to see Kate and Will in person?

      • FLORC says:

        Dame Snarkweek

        Given all the sarcasm i’m misinterpreting here it’s a wonder i’ve understood anything! Happens at least once a week!
        Thanks Dame and My2Pence (aka tuppence)! Without your facial expressions i’m lost at sea.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        I’m just relieved you didn’t slap my wrist for sticking my nose in uninvited lol. I don’t want people who don’t know your personality to read you incorrectly, although in all honesty, it shouldn’t be a huge concern. But everyone gets along great here and I didn’t want the positivity marred 🙂

  6. Diana says:

    As the mom of an almost 3 month old baby, I would hire a nanny if I could. Some days, I can’t even leave the couch or separate the baby from my arms for HOURS at a time — all she wants is to be held, held and held some more. Newborns/infants are incredibly, incredibly needy.

    So, there’s no judgement here. I would love to take a week long vacation in Maldives and wouldn’t feel at all guilty about it. You have to attend to your sanity too.

    • Gabrielle says:

      I have a 6 month old and he is way more needy than I envisioned too. I hold him all the time when I’m home. He wants me to and I like to. But it’s hard to get anything done. My mother thinks I’m spoiling him. He is just now starting to be able to entertain himself a little in his exersaucer or on his playmat. I can put him down while I do laundry and dishes and set up his bottles. I always think to myself that Kate Middleton doesn’t have to worry about the laundry. That’s what seperates her from me I guess. phh

      • Angelic21 says:

        Exactly! Kate is not like regular moms. She never looked after her son all by herself. She had get mother,a nurse from hospital,a personal housekeeper, and 2 nannies. I don’t blame her for having help or going on vacation but it’s her using her son to not work because she can’t leave him alone for few hours and then to leave him for a week to go on a vacation half way around the worworld is disgusting. It’s their false pretence of doing everything on their own with their baby, using him as an excuse to not work and their general work to vacation ratio that makes them deserving of criticism IMO.

      • jeanne says:

        I have a 7 month old and I’m right there with you. I’d love to be able to drop him off at a nanny’s and jet around the world. But with all the help it’s like Kate’s life didn’t have to change much after the baby. And isn’t that supposed to happen? You have kids and your life flips and you can’t help but be a different person with new perspectives (not better or worse, just different). This just seems like another case of Kate’s arrested development.

      • wolfpup says:

        New moms, the demands of the small infant will be over soon. It is very (very) stressful to have an infant…I remember crying as I was hanging out the sheets, because I had had dreams of cooing to my baby in a rocking chair, with light diffused around us, and peace (not!). It will be over soon, and all the effort will be only love…and you’d die for that same baby. It’s pretty intense.

      • LadySlippers says:


        Exactly. My son was a preemie and my ex was Navy so we were stationed far from family and friends. And one night (before flying home) my son was inconsolable and I was a sobbing, exhausted mess because my ex was deployed and I was all alone. It was h*ll. BUT my little guy is now 18, 6’2″, and a total sweetie (he still comes in for hugs every day).

        You’ll have h*llish days and the sweet ones you imagined too (except you’ll probably be covered in more bodily fluids than you bargained for).

      • FLORC says:


        The best way to sum up a baby (for me) came from the gents on Top Gear.

        Something to the effect of… It wines and screams all the time, but if someone tried to take it away from you you’d end them.

  7. Eleonor says:

    I find awful Jessie Webb is still there, that woman has the right to go back to her well deserved retirement!!!

    • Tiffany says:

      This is what happens when you try to be nice to someone who lacks self awareness or any kind of empathy. You get burned.

      • Eleonor says:

        I think this speaks volume about who these two are, more than anything else.
        I get probably William considers Jessie Webb like a part of his family (sort of ok) and he wants her to be near his son too. But she was called out of her retirement to look after Prince George. At 71 even if you’re in good shape looking a baby is a tough job, and now she can’t go back to do whatever she has the right to do, because these two don’t want. And after a whole year the’ve decided to hire “the help for the help”.

      • bluhare says:

        Jessie could have said no. I’m not going to shade these two for hiring her. She could have pleaded age and weariness.

  8. Eva says:

    And will Jessie Webb ever be allowed to retire, or will she have to spend her last years looking after a fussy baby… and Prince George?

    Bwahhahah!! Classic.

  9. Dame Snarkweek says:

    Can we please stop insulting Ms. Webb’s intelligence by implying she’s being ‘yanked’ about and the Cambridges are almost holding her hostage. The reality is probably that she is going to be very happy to return to her peaceful retirement but is probably also happy to be helpful and in charge of something important. She is likely in a comfortable, supervisory role to the first hidden nanny and is not crawling on the floor with the baby. She probably also gets lots of downtime because of Carole. At any rate I know the Cambridges are spoiled and lazy but I am uncomfortable with Ms. webb’s depiction. I think it is almost insulting and undignified.

    • FLORC says:

      Dame Snarkweek
      While your opinion seems plausable enough I can’t back it as enough to be true.

      I’m betting more that Webb has a strong sense of duty. That she’s enjoyed retirement, but can’t refuse the Prince’s request to return. I wouldn’t say Carole gives her downtime either.
      Isnt Webb the head nanny others are reporting to? And is George currently staying at the Middleton’s while his parents are on vacation?

      I have a lot of questions….
      And I think Webb is a very intelligent woman. She’d have to be to get that job and hold it for many years. I just don’t think she was sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring so she could work again. If that was the case I believe she would have found work elsewhere. Especially given her impressive resume in childcare.

    • Angelic21 says:

      I have to disagree. Mrs Webb its an old school, royalist with a great sense of duty and in a culture where she truly believed in class system and that royals are’above’her. She is been asked by a future king to come and look for another future king, it’s the power of position from which William is ‘asking’ his nanny makes it impossible for her to say no. I believe that,I don’t think she thinks she is in the position or it’s right to say no to WILLIAM.

      • hmmm says:

        I agree. An enormous sense of duty can override any need of one’s own. I am sure William comes across as needy to her as well. It could be a combination of factors, both emotional and dutiful. Seriously, does anyone believe someone who is 71 doesn’t have other priorities nearing the end of their lives? The fact that she was retired suggests that she wasn’t looking for another baby gig. I’m guessing she’s doing it for William, the big baby. He should have thought more highly of her, given her a little cottage and coddled her for the rest of her life out of gratitude. Instead, he’s still sucking out the rest of her life.

        On the other hand, maybe she’s a sucker for the status and privilege and cachet and is a woman of enormous energy and is perfectly willing to take on a big job like this, even though she has chosen retirement.

        I can’t dismiss that she was retired and is 71. Life is very different then, and priorities are very different. I think she’s doing it because William asked her. Period. He plays on people’s attachments, IMO, like people’s attachment to Diana, for example.

    • LAK says:

      Dame, what Angelic21 said.

      You underestimate the allure and cache of being asked, by an important royal no less, to rejoin the royal court.

      very people can resist it, no matter their standing in life.

    • bluhare says:

      I’m with Snarky on this one. Duty or not, she’s got a voice and could and can say “no”. I would think she could do that with William having had an authority role when he was a child.

      • FLORC says:

        Bluhare and Dame

        Webb said no to William the child when employed by Charles.
        Now William is the father. Not the child that needs to be disciplined *cough*debatable*cough*, but the employer.

        The balance of power is not the same.

        And her ability to exercise free will is not in question. She’s not a slave. Her priorities are stacked differently than ours. Her sense of duty to the crown makes her decision for her clear. And it’s her free will to have that strong sense of duty.

        But I feel both sides of the argument have been stated and we must agree to disagree.
        P.S. The Royaloonies appear to be on opposite sides of a topic?! And look and how well we’re talking about it! No one is getting snippy:) Huzzah!

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC, I get that the dynamic has changed (as it should!), but Jessie Webb has said no to William before (vis a vis that photo that always gets posted of her dragging an unwilling William off!) even if he was only a child at the time, and on top of that I imagine she’s very very fond of him with a soft spot a mile wide. That, plus being very flattered he obviously thinks enough of her to ask her to nanny his child, probably did it. As well as pride at being the nanny of two future kings of England. But she still could have said no. 😛

        And “Yay us” for disagreeing and still being nice! It’s so nice when you can do that; I love talking to people with different opinions. Sometimes points actually hit home, and it’s so much nicer than “jellus hater!” followed by “delusional sugar!”

      • hmmm says:


        Of course she could have said no. Of course she had a choice. She chose duty over her own needs.

      • bluhare says:

        Which is very noble on her part, hmmm, absolutely. Now these two need to let her go and not guilt trip her over it. (I hope they aren’t doing that!)

      • FLORC says:

        It is nice. Let’s hope others learn how to have debates.

    • Dame Snarkweek says:

      Blu makes a good point. Part of what makes one an excellent candidate for a royal nanny is the ability to make no mean no, lol. I know that William’s personally asking her to come out of retirement held huge sway over her decision, but in the end it was entirely her decision. I just think the language and framing of the whole situation is undignified in regards to this hardworking, talented and admirable woman.

  10. LAK says:

    I’m still amazed that there exist people who believe this is or Jessie Webb are the first set of nannies Kate has/has had or even that Kate is/has been taking care of that baby by herself.

    Kate may be present, and probably very hands on when present, but she’s not the only care giver AND she’s had a team of nannies since before PGtips made his debut.

    • bluhare says:

      I agree. I bet she’s been very hands on. I think you can be hands on and have nannies too.

      • LAK says:


      • FLORC says:

        Completely agree.

      • My2Pence says:

        As hands on as you can be when you still spend 10 hours a week at the hairdressers, and more time away from the baby working out, shopping, popping into Starbucks, etc.

        I think that WHEN she is actually there and with the baby, she is probably hands on and paying attention. That would be a few hours a day, when the baby is awake, being fed, or playing/alert. Let’s not delude ourselves into thinking she’s “there” for the baby 24 hours a day.

      • bluhare says:

        No delusion here! I have no idea how much time Kate actually spends with George, but I hope it’s a lot.

    • CynicalCeleste says:


    • hmmm says:

      Just wondering…’hands on’ in what ways? That could mean anything.

      • bluhare says:

        All the things everyone else does for their babies. She wasn’t raised royal; I don’t think her mom had nannies, so she may actually want to take care of her baby.

  11. Cersei says:

    Wow, that’s a hard look she’s giving the camera (2nd pic). If she looked at me like that, I’d start pulling off my earrings…

  12. original kay says:

    That middle pic is so “the hand that rocks the cradle”.


  13. lower-case deb says:

    why is her hand in her hair most of the time? and shake people with it? i’m sure that she has top notch high end salon grade hair care, but i’m always grossed out when people scratch or touch their hair visibly and/or extensively before shaking my hand.

    maybe it’s just my neurosis?

  14. Liberty says:

    A little more about this nanny, courtesy of the Telegraph:

    But far from being a uniformed Mary Poppins with a cut glass accent, the woman chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a ponytailed Spaniard in jumper and slacks.
    Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, who is in her 30s, was chosen by the royal couple from a shortlist of candidates put forward by Norland College, all of whom were interviewed by the Duke and Duchess before they made their final choice.
    Miss Borrallo, thought to be the first foreign nanny to look after a future British monarch, has been employed on a full-time basis and has been given her own accommodation in Kensington Palace.
    Although her new home would be a step up in life for most people, Miss Borrallo comes from a family of wealthy high-fliers in Spain.

    • hmmm says:

      She has almost two decades experience? And she’s only in her mid 30’s?

      • bluhare says:

        That is a bit of a stretch, isn’t it.

      • FLORC says:

        Not really Bluhare
        I strted babysitting my neighbors kids when I was 11. I’ve been around children and babies every year since then. Therefore I have 18 years of childcare experience. And If I want to count back to when the lady at my Daycare asked me to watch the kids while she ran outside to catch a kid making a break for the fence we can claim I have over 26 years of experience!

      • bluhare says:

        Oh, me too, FLORC. Junior high I babysat all summer for clothes money. I meant for a professional person. If she’s mid 30’s, 20 years experience professionally is a bit of a stretch.

      • Dame Snarkweek says:

        “Catch a kid making a break for the fence”
        I have the flu and needed this laugh today. Thanks 🙂

      • FLORC says:

        I agree with you. It’s a big stretch.

        Feel better!
        I remember the incident. I was the quiet one who didn’t make trouble so I was put in charge. And he was never going to make it over that chain linked fence and lost out door play time for a looong time. The Fool!

  15. Liberty says:


    “What this? What this?” said Romina, the 22-year-old “foreign” former literature student and sometime royal baby nanny as she open the large crisp black cardboard box handed to her by her employer. She recoiled in shock, throwing the box back at him. “No, no! I not be nun, no! My sister, nun! Hate it! She climb fence! I suffer here already and wife person confess to me she cheat at princess lessons for nine years because she think skip to Queen! I can be to take no more! I say, no!”

    “Pish tosh, Cressida Two!” said William Baldtop, his voice deep, hot, insinuating, a bit of color heightening the glowing remnants of his Maldives tan, a vein throbbing along his temple. “Just put it on! It’s a professional nanny costume, what ho! Jolly pervy, isn’t it! Damn strumpet ware! I say! Always loved the look of a nanny coming at me with a spoon and and bottle, har! Angry face! Apron! Damn sexy! The old duck used to have that look, back in the bedsit days, har! And you should see her mum at a dress-up party, damn fine filly old Mrs M when she wears heavy shoes and shouts at one!” His breathing was coming quicker, his eyes half closed. “Jessssssie…”

    Wrinkling her little nose, Romina hauled out the garments out from their bed of thick tissue: a severe brown woolen waisted dress, a matching cape with a high collar, black thick stockings and a stiff cap, an apron, plus two pairs of gloves. At the bottom rested a polished pair of safety shoes. “What kind be the childs type for these clothes like soldier?” she asked, unnerved by the garments, which reminded her of her infancy in an Eastern European prison with her family, and startled by the way William Baldtop was stroking the wool with a trembling finger, his well bred marsupial eyes gleaming strangely, sweat beading above his lip. “Oh, the royal childs he is maybe go little mad after stay so much with family of the wife person, need special care?” she asked, suddenly sympathetic. “I tell them it not natural to dress future king in crown, I see marks on head, he small child! Very bad!!”

    “Nonsense! Pay attention, Cressida Two!” snapped William Baldtop. “Put this on quickly, I want to see you in it, I may order some thigh boots instead, jolly good idea me! Hurry, now, someone is coming to take for your driving lesson, ho! Outrun the bloody paps and all that, run a few over, I say! Har! And some gun work, and how to dig a trench and hide in it with the brat, how to make poison darts from a tiara, all that, jolly good time! Lucky you! I would go but I have a lunch with my vacation shoe maker, and a sunglasses fitting, don’t you know? Anyway you must learn it, right away, people didn’t like the donation thing so we’ve put a great story out about all your skills!

    Romina stared. “Why I needs learn all that! I take care childs, with other nannies!”

    “Hurry on! Don’t forget your bum enhancer! Har! Well I’ll want you on vacation, just me and the old duck, hots gods, so you need to come along and you’’ll need to look like a top nanny. Stern, smacks, no nonsense, can shoot a fellow, then oil him up for the night, all that! Ah! Here’s your driving instructor now! With his new Audi no less! My fat ginger brother. Harry!! What ho you bugger, you rolling wanker, meet my real nanny, har! You don’t get these goods up at the nanny clinker, har!”

    The room began to spin! Romina, clad only in her small silk nanny lingerie and half her new severe dress, quickly clutched the back of a chair, aware that when when turned around, she would be gazing straight into the eyes of her savior! “Holy cherubs of sadness you bring ginger prince of hope, to me! My prayer she come to be answered!” she whispered.

    • Suze says:

      Some favorite bits –

      “Jolly good idea me!”
      “How to make poison darts from a tiara”
      “vacation shoe maker” and “sunglass fitting”
      “me and the old duck hots gods” (dear god DYING over that one)

      And I can’t wait for the next installment when the ginger prince makes his entrance…

      • FLORC says:

        Lol I greatly look forward to these books!

        If I haven’t seen a book in a royal thread I check back to make sure I haven’t missed it.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Madame Liberté, I don’t know where to start! I’m laughing too hard to comment properly…

      But I likes how you make William Baldtop *straight*.


    • mayamae says:

      This is the first installment I’ve read. Can anyone explain the “Cressida Two”?

      • bluhare says:

        Yes. Baldtop wants Harry’s free and easy life, but he’s stuck with Kate the Hungry who throws tiaras at the purple tinged walls. Then she prostrates herself on the bed and refuses to get up. Romina, a lovely peasant girl from rural Romania, looks enough like Harry’s Cressida that Baldtop calls her Cressida Two, and justifies having her as his plaything by buying her nanny outfits and telling her what he’s going to do to/for/with her. Romina just knows Harry will come rescue her.

        Do I have all that right, Liberty?

    • Violet says:

      You are truly a genious, I mean “Holy cherubs of sadness you bring ginger prince of hope, to me! My prayer she come to be answered!” is all kinds of amazing.

    • bluhare says:

      Vicereine Liberty,

      If anyone ever deserved a title here at CB it’s you. They just keep getting better. My personal favorite is poor George’s head marks from Carole dressing him in crowns. Bloody brilliant!!

    • lady mary. says:

      can’t thank u enuff Liberty ,ur da “bomb”,i keep hoping u write one of these everytime Williambaldtops posts come up

    • Christin says:

      This is the most entertaining part of these posts! And probably not a stretch from what Baldtop thinks in real life!

  16. SoCal says:

    This should not even be news. I remember when William bought her a dog, people were almost breaking their necks to find out the dogs name.

    I’ll care about these two when they start to do more for people, i.e. their royal duties. They can highlight so many causes and charities, instead they just hide at KP or go on vacations. Their entire life is a vacation, they choose when to “work,” and so they vacation away from a vacation, what a sad and boring existence. There’s no reason as to why William and Kate cannot visit charities 5 days a week, especially if the visit is just 1 hour, the average Brit works longer than that.

    • hmmm says:

      You nailed it- vacations from vacations and endless ennui. So Wills kills creatures great and small and Waity shops.

  17. adam says:

    ya queen bee will retire soon and waity will be joke of the entire world with her poor work ethics and her not appropriate always messy hair and ridiculous outfits, besides being hilarious shes one big joke!

    • bluhare says:

      The queen will not retire.

      • FLORC says:

        And Will and Kate will not be bigger jokes. Charles will keep a tight lid on them and promote himself I’d imagine. It’s not like the Queen will hand over the keys to the kingdom to them and rest in her final days. She will work until the end!

  18. Kori says:

    There’s a great book on royal nannies in the European royal houses through the 1920s called Cradle to Crown by Charlotte Zeepvatt. It has a lot in there about the Norland nannies.

  19. wow says:

    I don’t understand why a woman from a well to do family in her own right would want to work like a slave looking after another rich family’s kid? Especially one who is 40 or whatever. You’d think she’d much rather be living her own lavish lifestyle, traveling for her own pleasure and perhaps looking after her own husband and kids (if she wanted either)? I know Diana was a nanny/teacher’s helper before she married and she was an aristocrat, so I understand it’s probably “the norm” in those circles. But if I were rich like that, the ladt thing i would want to do is look after some other rich couple’s spoiled little kid(s) as my full-time job. But then again, the Cambridges will one day be The King and Queen so on that note, I guess its more of a big deal and perk.

    At least Kate will have someone close to her own age around to relate to and may even gain a friend…or William might 😉

    • Kimberly says:

      wow………….ha ha the last 2 lines of your comment had me in stitches. Kate better keep a close eye on William LOL.