Royal expert Robert Jobson reveals how the Duchess of Cambridge plans to break with tradition

Prince William and Kate Middleton will welcome their first child any day now, but while the new addition will be a Prince or Princess, some Royal traditions are set to be broken.

Kate‘s made it clear she doesn’t want a nanny, at least initially.

She’s cleared her schedule until the end of 2013 so she can bond with the baby.

William will take two weeks’ paid paternity leave before resuming his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot in Anglesey, Wales.

It’s thought he’ll then leave the role later this year and possibly take another job in the RAF or Household Cavalry to be nearer his family.

In the past, the pressure for Royal mums to return to public duties has been strong.

But Wills is extremely protective of Kate and writes his own rules on how they handle their personal lives.

So if Kate wants to take time off, the Queen will accept it.

Yes, there’s pressure on the younger Royals to take on more duties in light of Prince Philip‘s recent ill health, but it’s unlikely to affect Kate in her first months as a mum.

Although Kate and William have made it clear they want time to bond with the new baby before throwing themselves back into their Royal duties, at some stage the couple will be expected to show off their child to the world.

The first trip abroad they’ll make with Baby Cambridge will reportedly be to Australia and New Zealand.

By taking their child with them, they’ll be following in the footsteps of Princess Diana, who took baby William with her and Charles on a trip to Australia in 1983.

Diana broke with protocol to bring William along because previously Royals left their young babies behind with nannies for months at a time while travelling abroad. 

And as the only person in the Royal Family who doesn’t own a passport is the Queen, Baby Cambridge will be issued with its own ‘baby passport’.

The New Royal Family by Robert Jobson (£12.99, John Blake) is out on 5 August. Follow Robert @theroyaleditor

Read more about Kate Middleton and Prince William in this week’s Now magazine dated 22 July 2013 – download the digital edition now!


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