The royal family has every outlet at their disposal: stylists, chefs, personal trainers, assistants, public relations teams. So it may come as a surprise to some, however, to learn that the newest royal parents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, have yet to hire a nanny for their newest bundle of joy.
While it was previously reported that Meghan and Harry were hoping for an American nanny for their child, reports allege that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are instead relying on a "scaled down team," without a nanny or chef, and Doria Ragland for help. Ragland has come from Los Angeles for the birth of her first grandchild -- it's been said her input has been "indispensable" for the new parents.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made it clear even before baby Archie's birth on May 6th, the two intend to be very hands-on parents.
The inspiration behind this seemingly unexpected shakeup in royal protocol? Prince William and Kate Middleton, who both have adopted a parenting style that was informed by the late Princess Diana. For the Cambridges, life with three young children revolves around with carpooling, bug-hunting and family dinners -- and it's a sense of normalcy that the Sussexes hope to replicate.
“Diana made sure William and Harry lived as much as a normal life as possible and as parents, William and Harry will always be influenced by their mother,” said royal biographer Duncan Larcombe, The Daily Mail. “Her desire to give them a taste of normality runs through the veins of William and Harry.”
Said Larcombe, “They are mentors to each other. So I would expect when Harry becomes a dad he will look at Kate and William’s example and follow that almost to the letter.”