As the much-anticipated birth of the royal baby gets closer, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry continue to reveal more and more about their plans for parenting. Like how they most likely won’t be hiring a nanny for their newborn, Vanity Fair reported last week.
“According to sources who know the couple, they do not plan to hire a nanny or nurse initially, and will instead rely on the help of Meghan’s mother,” the magazine published on January 23.
The article also noted that Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, will even have her own bedroom in the couple’s new Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor for when she comes to visit. Ragland currently lives in California.
Having grandparents pitch in for childcare is not only common among many new parents, but it’s also a bit of a tradition in the royal family. Kate Middleton’s mom, Carole, has been known to help out with her two grandbabies (George and Charlotte) so it’s no surprise that Ragland, who was Markle’s only family member to attend her wedding, would do the same.
And Ragland seems to be prepared for the responsibility. The 61-year-old was also seen taking nanny classes at a parenting center in L.A. back in September, according to an Express reporter.
The exact due date of the royal baby has yet to be revealed but is expected to be sometime in April. Markle and Prince Harry have also “chosen not to find out the baby’s sex in advance,” Vanity Fair says, adding that as a result, they have chosen to decorate the cottage’s nursery in a gender-neutral color scheme of gray and white.