The Duchess of Cambridge has made room for her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, in her new Kensington Palace apartment. But if living with the in-laws sounds a little too close for comfort, do bear in mind that this is a two bedroom 'granny flat' in Prince William and Kate's newly decorated 21-room, four floor apartment.
Kate has already broken with tradition by heading off to her parents' Berkshire home for the first weeks in the life of of future king Prince George, where we expect the royal baby has been much cooed over by the Middleton clan.
Kate and Wills' new apartment - formerly the home of Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister - has had a £1 million renovation and the Mail on Sunday has revealed that a suite of rooms within it is being created with Carole and her husband Michael in mind.Their new home will be completed next month, and it's said to include a 'granny flat' made up of two bedrooms, bathroom, dining room and sitting room so Carole Middleton can stay over on babysitting nights.
The Middletons already own a £1.2 million apartment less than two miles away from Kensington Palace in addition to their mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, which boasts a tennis court and swimming pool. But the rooms at the Palace are set to give them additional privacy and security when they wish to visit their first grandson.
Apparently Prince William is supportive of his in-laws staying. The Mail's 'source' said: "The guest area will allow Carole and Michael to be near Kate whenever possible. William is really pleased they will be close by – he really is behind the idea."
A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge played down the significance of the work, saying there is no 'Middleton family annex'.
A source added: "Of course there is somewhere for them to stay when they visit."
The £1 million refurbishment bill which includes reroofing and rewiring is being met by taxpayers, while the expensive interior redecoration overseen by the Duchess has been paid for privately.
It appears the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are determined to break with the tradition of royal nannies in bringing up their son - with the Middletons on hand to help.
After George's birth on July 22 at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's in Paddington, the Middletons were the first to visit the hospital, arriving ahead of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Last week, the first official pictures of Prince George were released to the media – they were taken by Michael Middleton rather than a Royal photographer.