August 12, 2013 12:00 PM

Before William‘s birth in 1982, nannies were as much a part of royal child rearing as nursery rhymes and etiquette lessons. But Princess Diana insisted on a more cooperative approach, taking on much of the day-to-day parenting work herself. “She didn’t let the nannies rule,” says former royal bodyguard Ken Wharfe. “She laid down quite a strong line and played a very active role.” Palace sources say William and Kate – who have so far shunned a round-the-clock baby nurse, relying instead on extra help from Grandma Carole and housekeeper Antonella Fresolone – will be more hands-on than any previous generation of royal parents. But they are unlikely to remain nanny-free for good, particularly when the new mom returns to her official engagements. “There’s no question of having a nanny,” says a close friend. “That goes with the territory, as it will be a very short time before Kate goes back to her public duties.”

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