Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly on the hunt for a new nanny to help take care of five-month-old Prince George as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare for their month long trip to Australia and New Zealand this spring.
The royal couple are due to fly to Australia in April for an official tour of the region, with their son Prince George widely expected to join his parents for his first overseas trip.
The preparations are said to have hit a stumbling block though as the the Mail Online report that the couple's current nanny, Jessie Webb, who also looked after William when he was a child, has reached the end of her contract.
According to inside sources the 71-year-old was only on a three month contract after coming out of retirement to look after Prince George, and while William and Kate are said to be keen to retain her services, they understand she will most likely not make the long trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Kate Middleton and Prince William will jet to Australia and New Zealand in April (WENN)
"It took a lot of persuading to get Jessie to take the job in the first place, but she loves William and wanted to help out," the Mail Online report a source as saying. "I can’t imagine that she will want to be travelling around the world at her age. If she does, she will need an assistant."
The Duke and Duchess are thought to have no other staff helping them with George's care, instead relying on their families to help out, with Kate's mother Carole Middleton a regular visitor to their Kensington Palace home.
While it was thought Carole could join her daughter and son-in-law on the Australia trip to help out, royal aides have denied the claims. "They need round-the-clock help for George if he joins them," said a source." Kate might also want to think about taking a dresser or a lady’s maid. It sounds grand, but it’s actually very practical. The Queen wouldn’t dream of travelling overseas without a lady-in-waiting."
Meanwhile it's been reported that the royal family will set up base in Sydney when they do make the trip, in order to give George some stability throughout the gruelling schedule of visits, openings and meetings with local officials and charities.