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Kate Middleton is reportedly taking cooking classes from the couple's new housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, to improve her cooking methods for Prince William.
The Duchess of Cambridge, 31, is said to be seven months along in her pregnancy and she along with Prince William recently hired Fresolone to in preparation for their baby. The 42-year-old trusted Italian maid reportedly worked at Buckingham Palace for 13 years and she is allegedly teaching Middleton how to make "a number of new dishes" in the small kitchen at Nottingham Cottage, according to Us magazine.
Fresolone is said to be sharing recipes for her highly regarded specialties, which reportedly includes homemade pasta and freshly baked bread.
This is not the first time that Middleton has taken a cooking lesson. In 2011 she and William, 30, had a lesson in French cooking at Montreal's top cooking school, Institut de tourisme et d'hotellerie du Quebec.
"I asked her if she liked to cook at home," fellow cooking student Theresa Rindress told reporters at the time. "She said she likes to cook, but does not do fancy things."
Middleton has been indulging her domestic side more in recent months, which is likely in preparation for her baby. On May 2, it was revealed that the Duchess had completed the couple's baby nursery.
The couple has been living in a modest two-bedroom cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace for several months and a source claims they want their first child to have a modest upbringing. The nursery has been described as being "humble."
"They have a small nursery prepped, but it's humble. Kate felt it wasn't worth the money to go all-out," a source close to the couple said previously.
The Duke and Duchess are expected to move in with her parents, Carole and Michael, for at least the first six weeks after being released from hospital in a move that will break royal tradition.
Instead of hiring a maternity nurse and starting her new life in a royal residence, Middleton will live in her parents' Berkshire estate with her baby, who will be third-in-line to the throne.
"Kate says she 'just feels safest and most secure' with her family and believes that no one could be better placed to teach her about bringing up a baby than her mother, who has three children of her own," Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English reported, quoting an unnamed source.