'Meghan and Harry's nanny will likely be recommended by a friend’

Danielle Stacey
·Royal Correspondent

Ahead of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie, there were reports that the couple are looking to hire an American nanny.

They are said to have instructed a recruitment agency in Kensington to find a suitable candidate to start within the next three months.

A source reportedly told The Mirror: “Meghan and Harry have clear ideas on how to bring up their children. Meghan was clear in telling recruiters she favours an American over a Brit and wants them to feel part of the family rather than a uniformed member of staff.

“That is important to her, she’s never hidden the fact she is fiercely proud of her American roots. They are keen to explore the ­possibility of a male nanny.”

Royal author Katie Nicholl thinks “it will be probably be somebody who has been recommended by one of their good friends.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie [Photo: PA]

Speaking on Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box,’ Nicholl said: “I think we’ve come to expect that this is a couple that will do things differently, they’ll shake up tradition, they’ll push those royal boundaries.

“I think there’s every chance that the nanny could be American.”

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Meghan and Harry have plenty of A-list friends to choose from if they need recommendations.

Their pals George and Amal Clooney, who have toddler twins Alexander and Ella, reportedly enlisted the services of Hollywood nanny Connie Simpson.

The American super-nanny has written a book called The Nanny Connie Way: Secrets to Mastering the First Four Months of Parenthood and has worked with over 250 babies in her 30 year career.

In comparison, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hired Norland nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, when Prince George was eight months old.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George speaking with Queen Elizabeth II and nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo as they leave the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, Norfolk.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George speaking with the Queen and nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo at Princess Charlotte's christening in 2015 [Photo: PA]

Training at the prestigious Norland college in Bath will set you back £12,000 a year, but employees can expect to earn £26,000 a year from the get go. It’s unknown how much Kate and William pay their nanny – but likely a substantial amount.

Norland nannies also wear distinctive brown uniforms and a bowler hat.

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Nicholl says: “I don’t think that sort of traditionalism, that perhaps we’ve seen with the Cambridges, is the way the Sussexes want to go.

“I certainly hear that Harry, not just Meghan, would like to have a more relaxed approach to their parenting, perhaps a bit more modern and progressive in that respect.

“So it could be a ‘Manny’ and it certainly could be American, but I don’t expect it will be a Norland nanny.”

Meghan and Harry welcomed their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019. He was born at 05:26, weighing 7lb 3oz, reportedly at a London hospital, but this has not been confirmed by the palace.

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The proud new parents made their public debut with their baby boy on Wednesday during a brief photocall at Windsor Castle, close to their home Frogmore Cottage.

If the couple are waiting to enlist the help of a nanny, in the meantime they have the help of Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, who is staying with them.