By Emma Dooney published
The nanny of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children has been trained not to use a certain four-letter word - but it isn’t the one you might be thinking.
- Prince William and Kate Middleton's nanny avoids saying a word when addressing their three children
- Maria Terresa Barrallo, who was trained at the elite Norland nanny training college, was taught a strict set of language rules when working for the royal family.
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Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are cared for by some of the nation’s most prestigious nannies, who have a very unique way of treating the younger members of the royal family. According to reports, the children’s minders are never addressed as ‘kids’ - as a sign of respect.
"This is so funny - they're not allowed to say the word ‘kids’, revealed Royally Us podcast host, Christina Garibaldi.
While Prince William and Kate have not banned the use of the word themselves, nannies who work for the Royal Family typically avoid referring to its children as ‘kids.’ This policy is famously taught at Norland, the elite nanny college outside London.
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“It’s a word we discourage our graduate students from using, really as a mark of respect,” explained Julia Gaskell, head of consultancy and training at Norland. She also shared another technique the nannies use when speaking with children, which comes in handy during discipline.
“We would ask our nannies not to say ‘you’re naughty’ we would ask them to label the behavior, not the child.”
Prince William and Kate’s current nanny, Maria Terresa Barrallo, was trained at Norland and now works full-time for the family. The native Spaniard learned a wide range of skills at the intensive college, which costs £15,000 a year in attendance fees. Not only can she complete all the typical childcare duties, she's also qualified in evasive driving and security.
Despite this prestigious training, Barrallo tries to make the royal children’s lives as ordinary as possible.
"I've spoken to nannies who have worked with other royal families and life is pretty normal,” said Louise Heren, author of Nanny in a Book. "You get up, have breakfast, you go to school and you wear your school uniform whether you like it or not."
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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