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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting baby Sussex any day now, and they already have several preparations underway, including the nursery color scheme. Maybe most importantly, they are working to hire someone to help with the little one once she or he arrives. Per Entertainment Tonight, the couple has hired a London nanny agency to help them in their search for childcare, and they are willing to go outside the norm.
Meghan and Harry are reportedly not opposed to an American nanny—or a male nanny. A source told ET that the duke and duchess just want “what’s best for their child.” The source goes on to say that Meghan plans to be a “hands-on, engaged mother,” but she knows she’s going to need help. Both she and Harry have a busy schedule of engagements and are dedicated to their various royal responsibilities and charities.
This means that eventually the new parents could use the extra help, just like Kate Middleton and Prince William. William and Kate have Maria Borrallo, who is from Spain and speaks Spanish with her charges Charlotte and George.
But when it comes to the selection process for baby Sussex, Meghan and Harry seem to simply be looking for someone who is capable and a good fit.
“The Duchess of Sussex is up to date on all the different options, she knows what she’s doing, she’s done her research and she knows exactly what she is looking for,” Sarajane Ambrose, founder of Imperial Nannies, who has placed nannies with royal families in the past, said. She added that Meghan and Harry likely have already found a maternity nurse to help with caring for the infant in the weeks after he or she is born. But that nurse won’t be with the family forever: “[Maternity nurses] are specialists at looking after newborns and will teach the mother all about the care of her individual baby—they will then hand over to a nanny at a certain point, usually around the 3-month point.”
Ambrose also added that the couple, who recently made the move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, might even consider a male nanny. “There was a trend for male nannies a few years ago, but it’s really the personality match that’s important.”