Prince Harry appoints Meghan Markle's mum with important role as he snubs royal tradition

Prince William and Kate Middleton may have splashed out on a Norland nanny with a hefty six-figure salary to care for their three kids, but Prince Harry, 39, and Meghan Markle, 42, have chosen a more traditional route.

Insiders reveal that the Sussexes have decided to keep childcare within the family, with Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, stepping into the role of nanny.

The source shared that Doria's involvement came after a string of unsuccessful stints with professional nannies over recent years, the Express reports.

The insider said: "Harry and Meghan have employed various nannies in the past, but now that Doria has moved in with them, she's stepped up to help with the kids.

"There's sometimes extra help, but Doria is working closely with Meghan to ensure the children are raised in a tight-knit and loving family setting."

Harry and Meghan have struggled to find a professional nanny for Archie and Lilibet -Credit:Instagram
Harry and Meghan have struggled to find a professional nanny for Archie and Lilibet -Credit:Instagram

Initially, the Sussexes had hired Lorren Khumalo, a paediatric nurse and consultant, to look after Prince Archie shortly after his birth.

At that time, the family was residing at Frogmore Cottage before they announced their decision to step back from their royal duties and move to the United States.

In an interview last year, Lorren recalled her first visit to Frogmore Cottage to meet Harry and Meghan. Despite receiving a speeding ticket en route, she was put at ease by Harry's relaxed and friendly manner, describing the home as very "normal" and Harry as "barefoot."

It was also reported that Meghan and Harry were forced to dismiss a night nanny after an unsettling night time incident with Archie, which made them wary of subsequent hires.

This incident, detailed in Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's biography "Finding Freedom," described how the couple had to let the nurse go on her second night for being "unprofessional and irresponsible."

The experience reportedly left the Duke and Duchess of Sussex nervous about their next nanny, despite her competent performance. Consequently, they decided to handle night duties themselves while employing a day nanny who worked weekdays.

When living in the UK, Harry and Meghan preferred not to have their home filled with staff, opting instead for a nanny who did not live at Frogmore Cottage.

They valued their home being "cosy and private," enjoying nights with just the family and, according to the source, this is the approach that the couple now takes with both Prince Archie, five, and Princess Lilibet, two.

The source said: "Meghan feels much more comfortable with the children under her mother's watchful eye and Harry was very keen to keep it [childcare] in the family.

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Meghan and Harry are very protective of their children -Credit:Getty

"Both Harry and Meghan are extremely protective of their children and only stop worrying about them if Doria is in charge whenever they are away.

"Doria was instrumental in looking after Archie and Lilibet when they [Harry and Meghan] were in Nigeria and she treats them like they are her own."

Earlier this year, it was reported that Doria Ragland has been a pillar of support for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, having moved into their Montecito estate's guesthouse.

At 67, the yoga instructor and mother of Meghan took up residence within the Sussexes' Californian property to lend a hand and avoid the long drive from her LA home in View Park-Windsor Hills.

A source disclosed: "Doria spends nearly all of her time with Harry and Meghan. It's basically a family of five," adding, "She [Doria] is amazingly close to the children and helps Meghan daily. She also steps in as a nanny whenever they travel abroad without the children."

Meghan values family involvement in child-rearing, with the insider noting: "Meghan thought it very important that the children be brought up by family rather than an outsider so they feel safe and secure at all times."

This approach stands in contrast to Prince William and Kate's parenting style. The Prince and Princess of Wales, aged 41 and 42 respectively, have long depended on Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, a nanny from the esteemed Norland Agency, who joined them when Prince George was just eight months old.

Maria continues to serve the Cambridge household, assisting with the upbringing of Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9, and Prince Louis, 6, and plays a crucial role in supporting Kate, particularly now as she recuperates from cancer at home.

An insider said: "The Wales family have taken a very different approach. But it must be noted that before Kate's illness, the Wales family worked extremely hard. The children also live at home with their parents."

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