A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has told a newspaper that the couple plan to 'break with royal tradition' and not employ a full-time nanny when their baby is born next year.
The couple are apparently determined to be 'hands-on parents', and raise their son or daughter without 24 hour help.
The Mail on Sunday claims that Kate and Wills may employ a 'part-time nanny' who will 'fulfill the role as a babysitter' by looking after the baby when they are on Royal engagements. The paper also speculates that Carole and Michael Middleton will be around to 'lend a hand as much as possible'.
"Catherine and William are determined to be hands-on parents," a friend of the Duke and Duchess told the paper, adding that grandparents-to-be Carole and Michael were 'very excited' about the baby and will 'help out as much as possible'.
"They will, probably, use a part-time nanny to help them out when they have to attend events and don't have a babysitter, but they don't want a full-time nanny," the mole continued.
Kate and William already enjoy a mainly staff-free life at their home in Angelsey, where William is based at RAF Valley as a search and rescue pilot. Kate has revealed she enjoys doing the cooking and housework. Their only help is said to be a cleaner who visits weekly.
Prince William was cared for by Royal nanny Olga Powell as a baby. After his parents' separation, Prince Charles employed Tiggy Legge-Bourke, who became so close to William and his younger brother Harry, that she referred to them as her 'babies' - much to the fury of Princess Diana.