William and Kate will dispense their own toothpaste, thank you
December 29th, 2010
07:22 PM ET

William and Kate will dispense their own toothpaste, thank you

Some royals have domestic staff who do things such as set out their clothes for the next day. But Britain’s Prince William and his fiancée apparently are set to do their own cooking and household tasks during their first years of marriage.

The prince and Kate Middleton, who are to marry in April, will not have household staff until at least after William finishes his tour as a Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in three years, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

They'll still have security personnel who will watch over them. But doing without a staff for cooking and cleaning is "probably William's way of protecting Kate and making sure that her entry into the royal family is as gentle and as palatable as he can possibly make it," Katie Nicholl, a royal correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Wednesday.

"I think it's been quite a big thing for Kate Middleton to get her head around having a protection officer. This is something she'd never had to have in her life before. Now she has one, and I think what they're both trying to do is preserve as much normality as they can while they can have it," Nicholl said.

While the second in line to the British throne might not forgo a domestic staff for the rest of his life, he may want a home life that contrasts with that of his father, Prince Charles, who has often been criticized by the British public for having too many staff, Nicholl said. About eight years ago, British media reported Charles allegedly had a valet who put toothpaste onto his toothbrush for him.

"I don't think William wants that. He wants to be far more independent," Nicholl said.

William and Kate already have done their own cooking, shopping and cleaning during weekends at a cottage on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he is stationed, The Telegraph reported.

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  1. helenhull102951

    Prince Harry is more suited and most HONOERABLE to lead the people of England.. I have all respect for a man that will wear and fight for the right to wear that uniform!!! I salute you Prince Harry... *Wayne*

    December 30, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      "lead the people of England"?????

      December 30, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. JesusNeedsABreak

    Too bad, I'm sure out of all the current working slaves on this planet a few professional ones would like to have made a higher slave income, but these two with enough wealth to have provided a good earning to the less than fortunate decide not to give others a leg up. ...Dam if you do and dam if you don't eh?

    December 30, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. phantom

    does Charles have someone wipe his ass as well??????????

    December 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Big Joe

    The spelling wizard controlled the palace and its people by the wisdom of the words. The phantom appeared in the night and stole the wisdom of the words. Shortly there after the palace and all the king's men, women, and children disappeared forever from the face of the earth.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. jeff richmond

    why cant they just have their privacy. its nobodys concern but theirs

    December 30, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. J

    To the ones who are saying grow up and run the country, the royal famiiy are mere figureheads. Parliament runs the country.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. perkpi

    The Prince should consider a new doo and maybe pump some iron

    January 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    Can the toothpaste butler also be the shampoo butler, or are separate ones required? Please answer quickly, my hair is wet.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
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