If you’re looking for a few tried and tested tips for raising children, Maria Borrallo may be the woman to ask.

She’s helping to raise three of the most famous children in the world, but Maria Borrallo is taking it all in her stride. Born in Madrid and educated at the elite Norland College in Bath, she has scored the most sought after, yet challenging, nannying gig in the country.

A No Nonsense Approach

Norland College principal Louise Heren told The Sun that the royal nanny won’t be making any special exceptions for the Cambridge’s. “There will be no messing. That’s because Maria will be aware that as they step off planes, holding mum’s hand, smiling and waving to the crowds, there can’t be any crying or terrible twos or tantrums,” she said. Despite the intense scrutiny the family faces, Maria’s job is not all public events and ensuring the children are camera ready. “There will be lots and lots of outdoor play,” Louise said. “That’s the one thing you could say Norland are old fashioned about – loads of fresh air. Lots of bike rides, playing with their dogs, potentially some gardening. Norland are very into teaching children through play.” It seems that the English weather is no obstacle either. “If it is tipping it down, they will still go out. Wet weather is just inappropriate clothing, you have to put the right stuff on.”

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Moving With The Times

While older members of the royal family are often criticised for their backward approach, it appears the new generation of the monarchy are moving with the times, especially when it comes to the care of their children. “It doesn’t have to be strict,” Louise said. “Just because Norland nannies wear the brown uniform, they look quite old-fashioned, doesn’t mean their message is old-fashioned.” That being said, Maria has set strict rules that the children must adhere to, including a 7pm bedtime, and uses positive reinforcement through a sticker chart – we couldn’t imagine putting any of the Cambridge’s on the naughty step!

George, Charlotte and Louis seem like relatively normal, well behaved children despite their VERY unique family so Maria (and William and Kate of course) must be on to something!

How would you feel about hiring a nanny? Let us know in the comments!


  • Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nanny to help out!


  • Kate is a very “hands on” mother. It helps provided they use the same phrases for circumstances as they arise as do a lot of staff at good childcare centres..


  • Set some rules and adhere to them – Never change them and children will grow up accepting that there are certain things you are not allowed to do – worked for me.


  • In my current life – no to a nanny. If I was a royal then probably yes due to offical engagements.


  • Personally I would have liked a nanny. I like doing things myself, in particular taking care of my daughter. But when you are a Royal everything is different. And I think William and Kate chose a great nanny!!

    • I meant “I wouldn’t have liked a nanny”. Sorry.


  • I think it’s a bit unfair if Kate and Wills are judged because their kids behave normally – ie tantrums, uncooperative etc.

    • It is normal as children grow for these things to occur regardless of being a royal.


  • I am strict too but my kids aren’t on show so she needs to be strict


  • Having a nanny depends on your circumstances and finances. I imagine it can have it’s pros and cons.


  • A nanny would be very handy if you could afford one but I’d prefer a cleaner.


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