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Duchess ‘shuns hired help’

Britain's Duchess of Cambridge has reportedly refused to hire a nanny before she resumes her royal duties.

Catherine gave birth to Prince George Alexander Louis in a London hospital last Monday. She is determined to be a hands on mother - just like her mom Carole Middleton was - and is reportedly refusing to have a nanny until she resumes her royal duties.

"Carole never hired help at home, apart from a cleaner and the occasional babysitter. It's an alien concept to Kate," a source told British magazine Grazia. "When she returns to royal duty, she will need some assistance, but even then it will perhaps be just part-time help."

Catherine, her husband Prince William and baby George are currently staying at the duchess' parents' home in Berkshire. This is against usual protocol for the royal family, but the 31-year-old brunette seemingly wants to give the baby as normal an upbringing as possible.

"The palace was concerned about the baby going to Bucklebury. Security was the biggest concern. Highgrove and Windsor Castle were made available, but Kate was determined to go home," the source added. "Carole made it clear to Kate's private secretary, Rebecca Deacon, that she believed it was the best option. The Middletons have always bowed to pressure, but not this time."

The Middleton family is said to be determined to instil in George a sense of both sides of his heritage. They want him to remember he is a people's prince despite his privileged upbringing.

"The normality and ordinariness of the Middletons, so long a stigma, is now to Kate's distinct advantage. This is her time to shine, change and rejuvenate the British monarchy," the insider added.

The duke and duchess will move into their new countryside home in the next few months. William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, has reportedly asked the current tenant of Anmer Hall in Norfolk to leave as soon as possible. The property boasts ten bedrooms and is situated on the queen's private Sandringham estate.

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