Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Reportedly Hiring a Royal 'Manny' (Video)
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, along with her husband, Prince Harry, are expecting their first child this spring. And after Meghan gives birth, she will reportedly not only be surrounded by her loving family and friends, but she may also have a male nanny on hand to help her.
According to The Express, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking to hire a male nanny, which they refer to as a “‘manny,” because they apparently want to follow a “modern American approach” to parenting.
And, as a royal insider told Fabulous, “Hiring a ‘manny ‘ is far more common in the U.S. — a nation that Meghan is more in tune with — than in the U.K. She’s keen to introduce the royal family to what she considers a more enlightened, modern American approach."
The insider suggested one reason the royal couple hopes to hire a male nanny is because of just how close Harry’s own relationship was with his nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke.
"Of course, Harry had a very Tomboyish nanny himself in Tiggy who taught him and William about abseiling, fishing and other outdoor pursuits in Monmouthshire,” the insider said. “He and Meghan have discussed nannies and both have open mind to a male nanny. They will definitely try to shortlist one.”
Want to get on the royal couple’s manny short list? It may not be as easy as you think.
According to Cheat Sheet, royal nannies — including Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo — are typically educated at Norland College in Bath, England.
At the school, nannies are taught that “a child is never naughty.” Instead, nannies are taught to care for and love children and are also trained for three years in sewing, cooking, diaper changing, child psychology, health, philosophies of childhood education, and self-defense, according to Cheat Sheet.
After that all you need to do is get at least a decade of work experience, have a clean background check, pass through the interview process, and get hired. Sounds easy, right?