- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired three nannies in three months for baby Archie, The Sun reports.
- While it is not yet known whether the first two nannies resigned or were let go from their posts, the couple’s latest hire is a “godsend,” a source told the newspaper.
- A source close to the royal family told Insider that a woman photographed boarding a private jet with the couple as they travelled to Elton John’s home in Nice is Archie’s third nanny.
- The couple’s employees have a track record of leaving their posts after just a few months.
- However, celebrity nanny Jennifer Smith previously told Insider that Harry and Meghan’s approach is pretty typical in the industry.
- “Parents need to have a certain comfort level and chemistry with a nanny first and foremost,” she said.
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It is not yet known whether the first two nannies resigned or were let go from their roles, as Buckingham Palace declined to comment on staffing matters.
However, a source close to the royal family told Insider that a woman photographed boarding the couple’s private jet to Elton John’s home in the South of France is the couple’s third hire.
A royal source told The Sun that she “fits into the family really well.”
“Meghan is a very hands-on mum but the new nanny is a godsend,” said the source.
“She is extremely professional, with a number of nannying years under her belt, and has fitted into the family really well.
“She’s great with little Archie and just adores him. Harry and Meghan are very happy with her,” they added.
Several other royal staff members have resigned from their roles in recent months. For instance, Markle’s personal assistant, Melissa Toubati, resigned after just six months because the work had become “too much,” according to the Mail Online.
Back in December, it was reported that Markle was struggling to remain silent amid rumors about tensions between herself and staff members.
“She’s always relied on her own voice to stand up for others, and for herself. So not being able to say anything is a debilitating feeling,” a source told US Weekly.
“She’s always been so independent, her entire life, and that’s all been taken away from her.
“She’s always been able to clap back on social media and now she can’t.”
However, according to celebrity nanny Jennifer Smith, Markle and Harry’s approach is actually pretty standard in the industry.
Smith – whose clients include “Lord of the Rings” and “Stranger Things” actor Sean Astin – previously told Insider that it can take parents a while to find the right fit when hiring a nanny.
“Often times, I’ll be interviewed by parents and if it feels like a good fit for them, I’ll start as a one-time sitter. That offers the opportunity to bond with the child and then, if it’s a fit, the job becomes long-term. This is a really effective way to find a nanny for all involved,” Smith said.
“Parents need to have a certain comfort level and chemistry with a nanny first and foremost.”
Smith also said baby Archie’s nanny should be prepared for “all the eyes, scrutiny, and different perspectives” that come with being a celebrity nanny.
“I imagine Archie’s nanny will hear from a lot of the people that are in Meghan’s circle, and that could result in conflicting instructions and advice. Too many cooks in the kitchen is never a good thing,” she said.