After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they are expecting their first child this spring, there’s been no shortage of questions and speculation about how the new royal baby will be raised and if they will hire nannies.
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The question has come up since Harry’s brother, Prince William, and his wife, Kate Middleton, were credited with being more hands-on with their children and implementing a change with how many nannies they have around. In fact, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis only have one full-time nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s choice to only have one person on hand to help out with their kiddos is quite different from how many nannies the royal family used in the past.
Queen Elizabeth II, for example, had a team of nannies on staff to care for Prince Charles and his siblings as Her Majesty’s royal duties were the main priority. William and Middleton have changed that and put family before their royal obligations. They’ve also chosen to bring their children along with them on several engagements.
So now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting will they follow suit with only one nanny or will the first-time parents choose to have a little extra help? Here’s what we know.
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It is very likely that Harry and Markle will keep with the more modern theme and take a page out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s book by hiring just one nanny after the birth of their baby. The idea of having a nanny is probably something Markle won’t be opposed to as her best friend, Jessica Mulroney, had hired help when she had children.
Moreover, the former Suits star previously met and reportedly got along very well with Harry’s former nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke. The prince first introduced them to one another back in January so Markle could understand what an important person she was in his life and the positive impact she had on him.
“Harry couldn’t wait to introduce Meghan to Tiggy,” a source told Hello! magazine at the time. “Although the two women are very different, they got on famously. She’s a very significant person in Harry’s life, almost like a mother-figure, as she looked after Harry when Princess Diana died.”
Whether the couple chooses to have any hired help or not, we certainly expect that they will be very hands-on as they have each expressed in the past how much they want to be parents. In a 2017 Newsweek interview, the prince spoke not only about his desire to have children but also how he would like to give them a “normal” life.
“Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality,” he said. “I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one, too.”
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