Royal baby Archie is just over a month old — and you’d be hard-pressed to find another child whose first month was met with such intense scrutiny. Currently, the media is buzzing over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s nanny for baby Archie. Royal expert Kate Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that the nanny was asked to sign an “extensive” non-disclosure agreement and offered further details about how Meghan has been spending her maternity leave.
Little is known about exactly who Archie’s nanny is — perhaps because of the agreement she was asked to sign. “I’ve heard from very reliable sources that the new nanny who has been appointed by the Sussexes has had to sign quite an extensive non-disclosure agreement,” Nicholl told ET. Previously, Mirror had speculated that Meghan wanted to hire an American nanny, but Nicholl didn’t disclose the nanny’s nationality. She did, however, volunteer that “Meghan’s been up in the night nursing, feeding on demand every few hours,” adding that Archie is apparently a “hungry little baby.”
Express had also engaged in speculation about the Sussexes’ choice of nanny, citing royal expert Victoria Howard as saying Meghan and Harry would choose a “non-traditional nanny.” While Prince William and Kate Middleton went with a Norland nanny, Howard believed the Sussex royals would prefer someone “that has more of a rounded attitude towards child rearing:” someone that might “make them aware of mental health perhaps, encouraging creativity and for them to be themselves.”
Along with Howard’s musings on what the Duke and Duchess might want in a nanny, Expresstook the opportunity to further bash Meghan — this time, for having their nanny sign an NDA. “Meghan Markle forces baby Archie’s new nanny to sign ‘extensive’ non-disclosure agreement,” the headline reads. (Because of course Prince Harry wasn’t involved in that decision at all.) The article goes on to remind us that “Meghan and Harry have previously tried to keep details of their private lives out of the public domain, including information of the birth of their son.” Tried seems like the operative word here, as the public has hardly been kept in the dark about baby Archie.
The article finds plenty more to criticize Meghan over: she Shose a different hospital to give birth in (“instead of following in the footsteps of previous royal women”) and opted out of doing a photo shoots with hours-old baby Archie (“as Kate did for all three of her children”). But perhaps most infuriating is the fact that, earlier this week, Express ran an article about how exhausted Prince Harry looked at Trooping the Colour. They quote royal expert Russell Myers as saying this: “They still haven’t found a nanny so poor Harry, he’s suffering from lack of sleep.” Never mind how insulting it is that Harry gets sympathy — while Meghan, per Nicholl, “attracted some criticism” for looking tired at the same event. This article is a galling example of how unfairly Meghan is being treated. Royal or not, no one deserves this level of feedback on their parenting choices.
Express is making it perfectly clear that no matter what Meghan does — hiring a nanny, not hiring a nanny — they’ll find a way to criticize her for it. Given that, we think it’s perfectly reasonable that Meghan and Harry don’t want their staff talking to the press.
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