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They have had to drop everything on several occasions to go to see the baby at short notice.‘William chose the Middletons as his surrogate family long ago, even before the children were born.He has nailed his colours to the mast in that respect,’ says one who has observed the family at close hand.I understand that after Charlotte’s birth, the Middletons were encouraged to pop in to see her whenever they liked — including coming to the hospital when she was born.Charles and Camilla, it seems, were not given the same freedom.The Prince has said having a daughter was a ‘game-changer’ for him, not just because he is one of two boys. Charles is far more pragmatic than many give him credit for and while he may rant and rail about the situation in private, more often than not he caves in to his notoriously truculent eldest son over everything from his career decisions to money.Pictured in September 2016 on the royal tour in Canada Their Spanish Norland nanny, Maria Borrallo, who has been with the family since 2014, is an important influence on Charlotte.‘Charlotte certainly has got a good voice.’Churchgoers report a few noisy interludes from the youngest — and as we will see, maybe most determined — member of the Royal Family.As is often the case when it comes to the Cambridges’ children, doting granny Carole Middleton was there to soothe Charlotte, whose birthday is next Tuesday.
The already delicate situation is exacerbated by the fact that while Charles has many official commitments — almost 600 public engagements a year and a growing number of duties on behalf of the elderly Queen — Carole and Michael, by contrast, have the luxury of being able to help with the children whenever needed.Charles is far more pragmatic than many give him credit for and while he may rant and rail about the situation in private, more often than not he caves in to his notoriously truculent eldest son over everything from his career decisions to money.But the sad truth is, like many grandparents who don’t have the easiest relationship with their offspring, he is also nervous of provoking a situation where he never gets to see his grandchildren at all.Fees range between £1,950 per term for three mornings a week to £2,445 for five with an extra £440 per afternoon per term. As the Duchess herself hinted just last week when she referred to how lonely and overwhelming becoming a parent can be, she found motherhood the first time round a difficult experience. At a children’s party on their visit to Canada last autumn, George appeared a much shyer, more hesitant child, who frequently looked to his mother and father for encouragement. It was certainly no coincidence that William chose to live close to his adored grandmother in Norfolk, rather than his father in Gloucestershire.
Charlotte — who has distinctive, dark ‘Middleton eyes’ according to her mother — seems to have a sparkly nature. George wasn’t the easiest of babies — not only did she struggle to feed him but he was not a good sleeper. Charlotte, by contrast, wrestled herself out of her mother’s arms and toddled to a balloon display, uttering her first words in public. Charlotte has also taken to horse-riding, having none of the alleged allergies to horses that her mother has.
And it is made more difficult by the fact that — while Charles’s own schedule is arranged meticulously six to seven months in advance — William and Kate’s office at Kensington Palace is notoriously tardy in confirming their diary (unusually for a royal household).