Kate Middleton will reportedly move in with her parents immediately after giving birth to her and Prince William's first child, it has been claimed.
The Duchess of Cambridge, who is due in July, is 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, 31, 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.
The Middleton family's Georgian manor is valued at $7 million and based in an affluent rural area. Carole is reportedly in the process of renovating the mansion in preparation for the baby's arrival.
William, 30, will reportedly return to work as a helicopter pilot after taking paternity leave which critics suspect is the reason that Middleton is intent on living with her immediate family who will support her when the baby arrives.
The couple had initially planned on moving into a new 57-room apartment in Kensington Palace ahead of the baby's birth, however an alleged discovery of asbestos has made this impossible.
"Carole fully intends to be part of this baby's life and Catherine, for her part, plans to spend a lot of time with her parents, especially while she is waiting for the new apartment to be completed," a source said adding "and surely it is no bad thing this little prince or princess is given a taste of life outside of the Royal Family?"