Nanny Maria Borrallo has a firm but loving hand when it comes to Prince William and Kate Middelton's three young children.

By Stacey Leasca
December 06, 2020
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If you think the royal children live a spoiled existence free of rules it’s time to think again.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are all growing up in a world many of us can never imagine. After all, they do live in a palace, hob nob with world leaders on a regular basis between nap time, and one of them will be the future King of England. But, according to The Sun, the kids are still learning all the important life lessons thanks to their “hard-as-nails” nanny, Maria Borrallo.

As The Sun reported, Borallo took up her nanny training at Norland College in Bath. The school is famous for training thousands of childcare experts who’ve gone on to work for everyone from royalty to Hollywood A-listers.

Louise Heren, an expert on Norland College and author of "Nanny in a Book," explained to Fabulous Online in 2019, that under Borallo’s care the royal children will have a “no nonsense” upbringing. Here are a few of her alleged rules that the kids must follow.

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Bedtime: Bedtime, The Sun says, is 7 p.m. sharp — no matter what. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

Tantrums: There is apparently no such thing as a public tantrum in the Windsor household. “There will be no messing,” Heren said. “That’s because Maria will be aware that as they step off planes, holding mum’s hands, smiling and waving to the crowds, there can’t be any crying or terrible twos or tantrums.”

Meal Time: The royal children will eat what they are given and will not demand anything else, according to The Sun. Heren said, the kids will not be picky about meals as “you don’t have a fussy eater if you have a Norland Nanny.” 

Play Time: Yes, the kids have a strict routine, but that doesn’t mean they don’y have plenty of fun, too. 

“There will be lots and lots of outdoor play, that’s the one thing you could say Norland are old-fashioned about. Loads of fresh air,” Heren said. “Lots of bike rides, playing with their dogs, potentially some gardening. Norland are very into teaching children through play.” 

Heren added, the kids and their loving nanny likely play in the mud together as much as they take part in activities like painting. And, while playing indoors, their screentime is likely limited. Rather than watch TV, the children likely keep busy with teachable games and tactile learning activities like puzzles.

Of course, this could all be a lot of talk, as the children’s mother, Kate Middleton, shared in a recent Instagram video, she too needs expert help when the kids get a little unruly. (Come on, they are just little kids, and as any parent  or caretaker can attest: they all have meltdowns every now and then.) But, all this is likely about way more than just rules. A source additionally shared with Us Weekly in 2017, “While they feel it’s important to make them aware of their backgrounds, it’s also vital for both George and Charlotte to have as much normalcy in their lives as possible.”

Stacey Leasca is a journalist, photographer, and media professor. Send tips and follow her on Instagram now.