- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have hired a London agency to help find a nanny for baby Archie, Entertainment Tonight reported back in April.
- Although there has been no confirmation from the palace, this wouldn’t be the first time a royal has hired help from an outsider, as Prince William and Kate Middleton employ a nanny to look after all three of their children.
- Jennifer Smith has been a nanny for 26 years, and in that time she has worked for high-profile and celebrity clients including a pro athlete and “Lord of the Rings” actor Sean Astin.
- Smith broke down the biggest obstacles that baby Archie’s nanny will face, and told INSIDER how they should deal with the intense scrutiny that will come with working for one of the most famous couples in the world.
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Reports that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are looking to hire a nanny have been circulating since before baby Archie was born on May 6.
Entertainment Tonight first reported the couple had signed up to a London nanny agency back in April, although there have been no updates from the palace as to whether this is actually the case.
However, fans will know it is not uncommon for royals to hire nannies, especially for when they attend high-profile public engagements.
After all, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s nanny, Maria Borrallo, was hired after the birth of Prince George, and has since helped look after all three of their children.
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As you would expect, the job doesn’t come without its challenges.
INSIDER spoke to celebrity nanny Jennifer Smith – whose A-lister clients include “Lord of the Rings” (Samwise Gamgee) and “Stranger Things” (Bob Newby) actor Sean Astin – about the greatest obstacles you face when working for high-profile parents.
“All the eyes, scrutiny and different perspectives would be difficult to navigate,” said Smith, who has worked in the industry for 26 years.
“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.”
“My advice is to be normal and treat her [Meghan] normally – she’s just a person like the rest of us,” she added.
“Being a nanny to a royal family certainly means there will be a lot of eyes on you, and that can be stressful, so be prepared to deal with the stress in a healthy way.”
There have been multiple reports analyzing the Cambridge children’s nanny Maria Borrallo since she took up her post in 2014. The Mirror claimed Borrallo is banned from referring to Prince George and his siblings as “kids” due to the particular strict training she received at Norland College.
Additionally, photos of Borrallo with Prince George shows she even wears a uniform – a plain brown dress and a matching hat – while on the job at the palace.
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Smith added that while working for a nanny agency, the recruitment process is usually relatively simple. It mostly depends on “a certain comfort level and chemistry” between the nanny and parents above anything else.
“In my experience, I meet the children first only about 10% of the time. Most parents prioritize evaluating my skills, education and personality over meeting the kids. Parents need to have a certain comfort level and chemistry with a nanny first and foremost.
“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.
She added that when hired by the actor Sean Astin, she didn’t realise she would be working for a famous face.
“I have worked for a movie actor and a professional athlete. In both cases, I didn’t even know I was being assigned to someone famous by the nanny agency. The families used different names and there weren’t any special requirements.
“In my experience, they’re not really that different – most aren’t Kardashians with glam squads and bodyguards and paparazzi everywhere.
“Most of these families just want to be team players and work together with their nanny in the best interest of their kids.
“Meghan seems very down to earth and authentic, so I imagine she’ll be very hands-on and looking for an experienced, trustworthy and nurturing partner.”