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Duke and Duchess of Sussex Have a Nanny for Archie

Updated on June 16, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles about the royals, especially Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex became proud parents on May 6, 2019, when their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 5:26 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

For the first few weeks of the baby's life, the royal couple didn't have a nanny. Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland was there at Frogmore Cottage when the baby was first born. She has returned to her Los Angeles home. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been taking care of the baby by themselves since the child's grandmother left. According to an ABC News report, they have now hired a nanny.

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What the Public Knows So Far

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are known for keeping personal details private. Therefore, there is not much known about the nanny they have hired.

Royal contributor Omid Scobie reported that the limited information known about the nanny is that the employee is a female who was born in Britain. She will not be a full-time nanny. She will not be required to live at Frogmore Cottage with the royal family or to work on the weekends.

It was initially reported that new parents were not going to have a nanny at all. Meghan is still on maternity leave and will probably continue her leave throughout the summer. Prince Harry has a very busy schedule so an extra pair of hands will certainly help.

Scobie shared with Good Morning America that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have a minimum staff at Frogmore Cottage. They have just one housekeeper for their newly renovated house in Windsor.

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How the Duchess Is Adjusting to Motherhood

Another royal expert Katie Nicholl says Meghan is adjusting very well as a new mom. Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that the baby has been keeping her up at night. The Duchess has to get up to nurse Archie every few hours. A close friend of the royal couple told BAZAAR that since Archie was born, the Duke and Duchess haven’t stopped smiling. So, the sleepless nights are worth it for them.

Nicholl added that the Duchess of Sussex is in no hurry to get back in shape. She has vowed there will be no weights or hard training.

Meghan made her first public appearance since giving birth at Trooping the Colour with the royal family on Saturday, June 8 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 93rd birthday. Reports say Archie was there behind the scenes. At one time Meghan went missing for a while. It was assumed she stepped away from the crowd to breastfeed Archie. The little more than a month old baby was not seen by the public, but he was there so his little cousins could see him.

Who Will Be Selected As Godparents?

The public will get a glimpse of Archie when he is christened in the next few weeks. Also, his godparents will be revealed then because they must be present to witness that traditional event. The godparents have not been announced yet. We know there will be more than one because every royal baby has more than one godparent. Prince George has seven, Princess Charlotte has five, and Prince Louis has six.

Royal godparents are close friends or favored cousins. There might be several godparents since both the mother and father have many friends who are quite qualified for fulfilling the requirements of godparents for the royal child.

The father will make some selections and the mother will make some selections. The Church of England requires a minimum of three godparents. For a girl, at least two females and one male should be her godparents. For a boy, at least two males and one female should be his godparents.

Upcoming African Trip

Hiring a nanny now will give her time to get adjusted to Archie by the time the Duchess of Sussex returns to her royal duties in the fall which includes a two-week trip to Africa in October. Archie will be five months old by then and he might go along with his parents.

Plans for the trip has not been finalized yet. Buckingham Palace will release the schedule in July. Botswana and South Africa are expected to be included on their itinerary. If Archie is with his parents, Meghan will not join Prince Harry on all of his engagements.

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