As Kate and William’s third born is set to be baptised tomorrow, Carole and Camilla have one more royal baby to spoil, as the two grandmothers are known for expressing their utmost love towards their grandchildren.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole, 63 and Michael, 69 have been spotted with their grandchildren on numerous occasions, having been labelled as “virtually part-time nannies”.
Carole has been seen picking up Prince George from school, taking him to the beach at Norfolk, as well as shopping for supplies with Kate’s nanny, Maria Borrallo, just moments after Prince Louis was born.
A royal source told the Sun: “Carole has been invaluable to the Duchess. Kate stayed with her parents in Bucklebury last weekend and, when she returned to London, Carole came too.
Step-granny Camilla, 70, is not known to be as involved in Kate’s grandchildren’s lives as much.
This could be down to the fact that the Duchess of Cornwall has a busy diary with hundreds of royal engagements per year to attend.
Being a step-grandmother, the Duchess of Cornwall “does her best to support her husband” Prince Charles and his growing brood of grandchildren, while trying her best to be involved in family engagements when her schedule allows it.
One close royal family observer previously told the Daily Mail: “The truth is she doesn’t come into the equation much. If she’s asked to be there, she’ll be there, but otherwise she has her own family and does her best to support her husband.”
However, the Duchess of Cornwall has said she likes to “spoil” her grandchildren, expressing her love at being a grandmother, declaring it a “wonderful” experience.
The doting grandmother has a total of eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren – her daughter, Laura Lopes is mother to three children, ten-year-old Eliza and eight-year-old twins Gus and Louis.
Her son, Tom, has two children – Lola who is 10 years old, and Freddy, who is 8.
And finally, Prince George, 4, Princess Charlotte, 2 and new-born Prince Louis, the youngest among all her grandchildren.
In a British documentary aired on April this year, titled The Real Camilla: HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla said: “Yes, I’d recommend it to everybody.
“It’s very nice because you haven’t got the full responsibility.
“You can give them a wonderful time, spoil them, give them all the things their parents won’t allow them to have and then give them back again.”
Both Camilla and Carole are expected to attend Prince Louis’ christening at St James Palace in Windsor on Monday, 9 July.