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Kate Middleton Baby News: Duke and Duchess Enlisting Help of WHO to Raise Prince George?

By Julia Lynn Rubin | Aug 24, 2013 12:51 PM EDT

Kate Middleton and Prince William with Prince George
Kate Middleton and Prince William pose with Prince George and their dogs, Lupo and family dog Tilly in the garden at the Middleton mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo : HANDOUT/REUTERS)

Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said before they would like to be "independent" while raising Prince George, as they return to their royal duties, they'll need a bit of  extra help, and the royal couple has reportedly enlisted some outside sources that are not part of their family.

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"I am as independent as I want to be, same as Catherine and Harry," Prince William told CNN's Max Foster recently. "We've all grown up differently to other generations and I very much feel if that I can do it myself, I want to do it myself."

Prince William was the one to proudly change his son's first diaper, and has expressed his desire to be a hands-on dad. Likewise, Kate Middleton is insistent on making sure ser son's life as normal as possible, which is partly why she decided to shack it up in her childhood home in Bucklebury, Berkshire with her parents Carole and Michael Middleton while her own Kensington Palace residence, Apartment 1A, continues to undergo renovations. She even opted out of a traditional professional photoshoot for her family's first official photos, letting her father snap the pictures ahead.

There is much to be done in the meantime, including designing the Prince's special palace nursery, and as the Duchess is scheduled to make her first royal appearance post-birth on Sept. 12, she will need all of the help she can get.

"Everything, including breast-feeding, went so well that they decided not to hire a private maternity nurse," an insider recently told People magazine, as Hollywood Life reports. "Word in aristocratic circles is that the couple changed course after a few days and called for backup, possibly by tapping one of the midwives who assisted Kate at St. Mary's Hospital in London."

If the report is true, as the source claims, Sarah Dixon, a London-based maternity nurse, explains to People that "it is very common for members of the royal family to see the same midwife through the pregnancy, at the birth and then for that midwife to stay on for postnatal care. It means it will be someone Kate knows and trusts."

If Middleton is enlisting the help of hospital midwives for some extra help, it would mean the Duchess is insistent on making sure she gives the best care possible to her son. After all, being a new mom can be overwhelming!

And when they do finally move into Apartment 1A, Prince William and Kate Middleton are considering enlisting the help of Prince William's former nanny, 71-year old Jessie Webb, to help care for their baby while they go about their royal duties.

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