22/01/2014 05:55 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Royal Baby Will Not Have A Nanny. Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge To Break With Tradition

No nanny for Royal baby claims source close to Kate  PA

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 with nanny Olga Powell in Regents Park in 1984Rex Prince William with nanny Olga Powell in Regents Park in 1984

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.