Lady Beatrice is the chief caretaker for Maud and her brother, William Ætheling, when they are young. In today’s world, she would be called the “royal nanny”. Coming from a noble family, she knows how to oversee the upbringing of the young prince and princess while also managing several female attendants. Maud writes of her, “Lady Beatrice was the kind of woman who depended on things being a certain way.” This means that she is a fairly strict disciplinarian, though she can also be fiercely protective of her charges, as is the case when the royal tutor steps out of line. Though often afraid that her caretaker might reprimand her, Maud also sees the value and practicality of Lady Beatrice’s approach.