William’s former nanny, Jessie Webb, has been assisting at the royal couple’s home in north Wales and is now expected to join them when they head to Scotland to see Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Webb, 71, is well known in royal circles for taking care of William more than 20 years ago and more recently for his cousin, Viscount Linley.
“She’ll be like a safe pair of hands. She knows the ropes and knows what happens,” Ingrid Seward, author of the upcoming book A Century of Royal Children, says of Webb. “That’s preferred rather than someone new to it all, someone who’d be terrified of it all.”
East-London born Webb, who has no children of her own, was hired by Princess Diana and Prince Charles to look after both Prince Harry and William and was often a comfort to the young princes during their parents’ marriage troubles. She attended William’s 21st birthday party and was a guest at the royal wedding two years ago.
Despite starting out without any professional help, friends and palace sources told PEOPLE that William and Kate would eventually get a nanny.
Earlier this month, the word in aristocratic circles was they had hired someone other than Webb to assist during the particularly testing first weeks of parenthood while staying at Kate’s parents’ home in Bucklebury.
“George sounds like he’s got some lungs on him,” Seward says. “William’s been talking about having sleepless nights, although he did say he’s got better.”