Prince William and Kate Middleton are planning to be more self-sufficient. They have made elaborate plans to grow vegetables in their own backyard. The royals have hired a gardener to start to help them at their 10-bed Norfolk home in Anmer Hall.

They have also enlisted the help of expert Robin Parker, who is a cottage garden expert. Robin Parker will be helping the royals turn their backyard into a landscape of beautiful blooms and tasty vegetables, The Sun reported. Prince George may even lend a helping hand as the toddler was seen assisting his granddad, Prince Charles plant two new trees in Highgrove House in June.

A friend of Kate told that Robin will be helping Kate become more self-sufficient as she likes to cook stuff that she has been able to grow at her backyard. Robin has also been enlisted with the responsibilities of looking after the swings and climbing frames for George, two, and eight-month-old Princess Charlotte.  

The royal couple are reportedly spending up to £1.5 million house, which included an extensive tree-planting programme that would give the royals a little more privacy. “Due to the nature of people I work for, I am not allowed to talk about the job,” Robin said, without revealing much.

Kate and William had hired a new housekeeper, Sadie Rice, 34, last year. She has previously worked as a maid in Buckingham Palace and has grown up on Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex. She had to go through three rounds of interviews before getting the job, with even William and Kate interviewing her.

Sadie is currently moved into in the royal couple’s Norfolk residence. She has earlier worked at the home of Prince Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, and his wife Princess Mette-Marit. It will be helping her as Kate wanted someone who had worked in a family environment with dogs.

The new housekeeper will be working closely with Maria Teresa Turrion, nanny to George and Charlotte. If required she will double up to help in childcare and also look after the family dog Lupo.