Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo: Prince George’s New Royal NannyBy: Galen Velonis - March 20, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, have hired Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo to look after Prince George during their trip to Australia and New Zealand this April. Rather than staying at home to look after the baby Prince, Borrallo will work with the couple side by side and assist them as they travel across the Southern Hemisphere.
Borrello is a good thirty years younger than Prince George’s previous Nanny, Jessie Webb. According to US Magazine, The 71 year old Webb had been the same Nanny for Princes William and Harry. Webb, “The Granny Nanny”, as dubbed by the British press, has been replaced with Borrello, who has received her own nickname “The Spanish Supper-Nanny”.
A palace spokesman confirmed the name of the new nanny, but little else. “As an employee of the Royal Household we would ask, please, that Maria’s privacy, and that of her family and friends, be respected,” He told the BBC, “We will not be giving further details on Maria or her employment, except to say that the duke and duchess are of course delighted she has chosen to join them.”
The Daily Mail reported that Borrello was trained at Norland College. Since 1892, the college has specialized in producing nannies for the rich and famous. Training includes Tae Kwon-Do, dodging paparazzi, rock climbing, driving in severe weather, and escaping kidnappings with one’s pram intact. Norland is also known for it’s distinctive uniforms. The Times reporter Kaya Burgess tweeted this photo of Norland students:
According to Norland College’s website, its founder, Emily Ward, “quickly recognised that Norland Nurses (as Norland graduates were originally known) needed to be recognised as professionals (and not mistaken for housemaids) so she introduced the uniform. Norland Nurses would not only wear the uniform when training at the college but also once qualified in the workplace – they were recognisable wherever they went.”
Claire Burgess, another fully trained Norland nanny told People Magazine that the couple has chosen “Someone they can trust and can look after their baby to the best of their ability.” With an resume like Borrallo’s, it may be hard to argue against her.
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