Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fired nanny after mystery 'incident', let go another, says author

Omid Scobie said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave up on the idea of a night nanny after they had to wake up and check on Archie themselves


                            Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fired nanny after mystery 'incident', let go another, says author
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in Cape Town during their royal tour of South Africa (Photo by Toby Melville/Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to fire an "irresponsible" night nurse due to an "incident", their close friend Omid Scobie said in an interview for UK's Channel 4 documentary 'A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle to Crown'.

He explained the reason behind the firing: "Very few people know the real story behind it. After Archie's arrival, Harry and Meghan wanted some help to establish a sleep pattern. They hired a night nanny. Whilst I can't go into someone else's employment details for legal reasons, it was an incident on one of the first nights that put the couple off from having a night nurse."

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In the book that Scobie co-wrote with Carolyn Durand titled 'Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family', the two of them said that Archie's first night nurse was "unprofessional" and "irresponsible". They also added that after the incident, Prince Harry and Meghan were checking on Archie multiple times an evening despite hiring a nurse that they did trust. They let go the second nurse as well and the ordeal put them off from having a night nurse at all.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service on March 09, 2020 in London, England (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Scobie also added in the documentary that Prince Harry or Meghan "didn't want a Mary Poppins-type character around their child", but instead they went on to hire a daytime nurse for the first few months. The documentary explores the traditions of the royals from the time of the birth of a baby. For instance, the documentary also revealed how the royal family would usually employ live-in nannies from Norland College in Bath. However, Harry and Meghan did not want their staff to live with them. So they did not follow the tradition.

Scobie's remark about how the Duke and Duchess did not want a "Mary Poppins-type character around their child" was apparently a dig at the nannies who were educated at the prestigious Norland College. After the second nanny was let go, the third nanny who was employed for the morning stayed with them "for quite some time" until Prince Harry and Meghan moved to California. Scobie said, "She helped them out on very much a 9 to 5 basis, it was a great working relationship actually despite reports."

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex cheer attend the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England (Photo by Paul Edwards/Getty Images)

At present, it is not clear if the couple employs a nanny in California, but it has been reported that Meghan's mother Doria Ragland plays an important role in helping the couple bring up Archie. At the moment, Meghan is pregnant with their second child, a girl. The due date has not been revealed so far, but it is known that Meghan is in her third trimester. Meghan and Harry revealed the gender of their child before the explosive Oprah interview in which the couple also revealed some shocking facts about how there was rampant racism within the family.

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