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Who needs a nanny when you've got Granny?
Much has been made of whether or not Prince William and Duchess Kate plan to hire a full-time or part-time nanny to help with baby Prince George of Cambridge, soon to be 4 weeks old.
But it may be that Kate's mother, Carole Middleton, is the indispensable figure in taking care of the baby, her first grandson. She even moved in to the royal couple's farmhouse in Anglesey, Wales, to help out, the Daily Mail 's respected royals reporter Rebecca English reports.
"Friends say she has taken to being a grandmother with 'gusto,' and it is understood that she accompanied the couple as they traveled up by car," English wrote. "(Prince) William was seen by locals out and about with Mrs. Middleton while (Duchess) Kate remained at the isolated, whitewashed farmhouse."
Immediately after George was born in a London hospital on July 22, maternal grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton were the first to visit. Then, two days later, Kate and Will and George Alexander Louis moved to the Middletons' estate in rural Bucklebury outside London.
The couple's new home in Kensington Palace and a country mansion in Norfolk weren't ready yet, and Kate, who is close to her mother, was said to crave her experience as a mother of three herself.
George has turned out to be a fussy baby, judging from Will's recent public remarks, and since his arrival in Bucklebury, Carole is supposed to be the "baby whisperer" who's best able to soothe him to sleep, according to the British celeb magazine Grazia. Only a few days ago, the magazine reported that Kate and the baby intended to stay with the Middletons for as long as six months.
But after two weeks of paternity leave, Will returned to his RAF base in Wales to complete his final duties there, and his wife, baby and mother-in-law soon joined him, says the Mail.
The Mail reported he was seen dropping Carole off at the train station to return to her home on Thursday, while the couple's housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, is helping with cooking and other duties in Wales.
Are Kate and the baby still in Wales? Maybe, although Kensington Palace doesn't disclose their whereabouts as a rule. But if they are, they'll be returning to London next month, when Will leaves his job as a helicopter pilot in Wales and they move into their new digs at the palace.
They are set to appear together in public at an awards ceremony in London on Sept. 12. Before that, they might also appear together in Anglesey as part of their farewell tour of the island community off Wales where they have lived in the rented farmhouse since before their 2011 marriage.