They thought they could do it all themselves: the shopping, the cooking, the dressing, the diary juggling . . .
But they are starting to realise they may have underestimated the busyness of their lives – because when one is the future king of England and one’s wife is a national treasure there is plenty going on.
The final straw for Prince William came recently when he had to go straight from a dress rehearsal for the annual Trooping of the Colour ceremony in central London to the Epsom Derby in Surrey.
That involved swopping his bearskin hat and uniform for a top hat and tails and, as a palace insider remarked, “there is so much to remember if you don’t have a valet to look after you”.
Not that William (who will be 29 on 21 June) looked anything other than cool, calm and collected when he stepped out at the derby with his brother, Harry (26), and new wife, Catherine (29), chic in white.
The newlyweds have decided to make an apartment in Kensington Palace, where Will’s motherPrincess Diana lived, their base when they’re in London. Now the adverts have gone out for staff to help them run their lives.
“William and Kate might have wanted to do everything themselves but it’s just not possible,” a Buckingham Palace source says. “They need help when they’re in London.”
Catherine is said to be keen on hiring a top-rate personal dresser – she’s already a fashion icon so she needs to be at the cutting edge.
“Applicants will need to be friendly as well as being good at the job,” the source says.
Kate is hoping to have filled the post by the time she heads for North America with William at the end of the month.
She knows the eyes of the world will be on her – and if she slips up in the style department some might never forgive her!
Tinseltown A-listers are falling over themselves to entertain the Duke and Duchess of Cambridgewhen they visit Los Angeles during their 11-day tour of America and Canada.
The tour, their first official one as a married couple, starts on 30 June and Americans are positively agog at the prospect.
John Travolta, Gwen Stefani and Steven Spielberg are said to be “at war” over who will host Britain’s future king and queen.
While in LA William and Catherine will stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel in a $12 000-a-night (about R84 000) bungalow complete with their own butler, chef, infinity pool and outdoor bed, sources say.
Their LA outings will include a glitzy Bafta bash as William is chairman of the board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Catherine is apparently planning no fewer than 40 outfits for her trip.
For more details of their trip see YOU dated 16 June 2011.