Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Search for the Perfect Royal Nanny — or 'Manny!'
With just days to go until the arrival of their new baby, a childcare expert with royal experience says Meghan Markle knows exactly what to look for in a royal nanny and maternity nurse
When it comes to choosing a royal nanny, Meghan Markle has got it covered.
“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, a leading childcare agency in London who has experience of placing nannies with royal families, tells PEOPLE.
With just weeks to go until Meghan and Prince Harry welcome their new baby, the royal couple who have recently moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, will already have hired a maternity nurse, says Ambrose, who has in the past worked with members of the British royal family as well as European royals. “They 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.”
As for what sort of nanny the couple will hire, Ambrose wont comment on whether they are using an agency such as hers, but she says the sort of childcare needed will be of the highest calibre.
“He or she has to be professional, discreet, do a very good job and be prepared to not speak to anybody about her experiences there, they will be on their toes the whole time and it can be isolating too,” she says.
The royal couple, who are believed to be breaking away from tradition by not having their baby at St Mary’s Lindo Wing in London (Kate Middleton had all three of her children there and Princess Diana gave birth to Prince Wiliam and Harry there), might even opt for a male nanny.
“There was a trend for male nannies a few years ago, but it’s really the personality match that’s important,” says Ambrose, who says male nannies or “mannies” as they are known, count for only 10 percent of the candidates on her books.
Whether or not Meghan chooses an American nanny or “manny,” Ambrose, who founded her agency 24 years ago, says British nannies are hugely popular in both her London (Kensington) and Bath offices.
“Lots of Americans want a British nanny, maybe it’s the manners or just to offer them something different.”
Whatever option they choose, it will be a well-informed one.
“She’s worldly and she has a huge network of friends, many of whom have had children, so I think she will have been offered lots and lots of advice – it’s up to her which advice she takes!” Ambrose says.