The woman who cares for Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s kiddos and sometimes referred to as “Supernanny” is Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
She was born in Spain but has lived in the U.K. for the past two decades. She was also previously employed by other high-profile couples including Mick Jagger and his ex-wife, Jerry Hall. Borrallo is not married and does not have any children of her own. However, she is an expert in childcare having graduated from the prestigious nanny school, Norland College.
Borrallo was hired by the Cambridges in March 2014 before Prince George even turned a year old. And today, she lives with the duke and duchess’ family in their spacious four-floor, 21-room apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. She is trained in everything from CPR to Taekwondo to cybersecurity and was given extensive anti-terrorism training.
Borrallo sticks to not only the rules she was taught in school but also those put in place by William and Kate.
Cloth diapers only
Before they’re potty-trained, royal babies wear cloth diapers.
According to The Richest, nannies are not to use disposable diapers on the children. Therefore, they must know how to put them on and fold them correctly. Also, they or someone in the household has to wash the diapers when they become soiled.
Strict bedtime at 7 p.m.
Just because Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are royals doesn’t mean they don’t have a specific bedtime like other children.
Louise Heren, who authored Nanny in a Book, told The Sun‘s Fabulous Online that Borrallo is “no-nonsense” with the children’s bedtime which is at 7 p.m. every night.
Lots of outdoor activities, limited TV time
Royal reporter Katie Nicholl said it was the Duchess of Cambridge who set this rule because she prefers her little ones get outdoors as much as possible.
“Kate is usually very strict on screen time and keeps it to a minimum,” Nicholl told OK Magazine.“They’ve got climbing frames, swings, and a pond, and each of the children are in charge of their own little patch of the kitchen garden.”
In addition to coming up with games for George, Charlotte, and Louis to play outside, Borrallo is also required to give William and Kate activity ideas they can participate in with their kids.
No smacking ever
Borrallo can not under any circumstances strike the children and she was taught this long before she began working for the Cambridges.
Norland nannies never spank the kids they care as it is not considered an acceptable form of punishment. The Express reported that graduates are “warned that any who use physical punishment will be struck off.”
Heren added that “They will never ever smack… A child is never naughty but the behavior is.”
Will and Kate do not spank their children either. Recently they’ve begun using a “chat sofa” instead of a time out (or naughty step as it’s known in the U.K.). The child taken to the sofa is then spoken to calmly and firmly about their behavior.
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