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Prince George Was a ‘Permanently Hungry’ Baby: The Future King’s First Year Report

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By Anne Lu | July 9, 2014 11:33 AM EST

Prince George was a permanently hungry baby. Reports claim that the adorable future king was quite a handful in his first months, worrying his parents Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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Britain's Prince William carries her son Prince George while looking at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Catherine are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool

Palace insiders revealed to Vanity Fair that the Duchess of Cambridge wasn’t sure that her son would be ready to face the public because he was a bit uncontrollable in his first few months.

“Kate expressed relief that George behaved well during his first few public appearances,” the magazine reads.

Contributor Katie Nicholl added that the young prince “cried loudly and frequently, and he was not sleeping through the night” as a newborn.

“Nanny Jessie Webb tried hard to get him into a routine, but the baby prince, who was still breastfeeding, was permanently hungry. Nicholl reveals that it was only in the new year, when Katie introduced solids, that George finally slept through the night.”

The royal family’s trip to Australia and New Zealand worried William as well, but the idea of just leaving George behind never crossed their minds.

“William privately admitted to being nervous about the long-haul flight, tropical climate, and intense media interest, but there was no suggestion of leaving George behind.

“The Queen gave the Cambridges her blessing for them to fly together, even though this was breach of protocol because direct heirs do not usually travel together.”

A senior aide on the trip with the family revealed, “George didn’t really suffer from jet lag – he settled dow very quickly.”

The trip also helped George to “cruise,” holding onto furniture while he attempted to walk.

Nanny Jessie couldn’t travel with the royal trio to Australia and New Zealand, so the Duke and Duchess had to look for a new nanny. A friend then recommended Spanish-born Maria Teresa Turrion Borallo, whose child-rearing skills include self-defence, high-speed driving and dealing with paparazzi.

Although George will one day inherit the throne, “William and Kate want George to enjoy a royal upbringing.” They make sure that George get to spend time with children his age.

“They take George to playdates at the homes of friends, among them Kate’s old Marlborough friend Alice St John Webster, who has a baby several months older than George.”

George, who will turn one on July 22, might be a big brother soon, though.

“...there are rumours among the couple’s friends that they plan to try this summer,” Nicholl reported.

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Britain's Prince William carries her son Prince George while looking at an Australian animal called a Bilby, which has been named after the young prince, during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo April 20, 2014. The Prince and his wife Catherine are undertaking a 19-day official visit to New Zealand and Australia with their son George. REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool
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