Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were ‘forced to let go’ of Archie’s night nurse during her second shift with the couple ‘for being unprofessional’, their bombshell new biography Finding Freedom claims.
The book, out today and co-authored by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claims the Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, wanted to hire a night nurse to establish a sleep schedule and be an extra pair of helping hands’ after the birth of their son Archie, one.
However, the nanny’s time with the family was ‘brief’, with the authors writing: ‘Meghan and Harry felt they were forced to let the nurse go in the middle of her second night of work for being unprofessional.’
Finding Freedom provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Scobie and Durand insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 39, felt they were ‘forced to let go’ of Archie’s night nurse during her second shift with the couple ‘for being unprofessional’, their bombshell new biography Finding Freedom claims
According to the book, Prince Harry and Meghan had originally decided to ‘forgo’ a full time nanny however decided to work with a night nurse after Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, flew back to Los Angeles.
The book goes on to say the couple felt the nurse’s behaviour was ‘unprofessional’, but does not explain the details of what happened.
And, after their experience with the first nanny, the couple were wary, with the authors writing: ‘The new parents went on to hire a second night nurse, who did a fine job, but because of the incident with the first nurse, neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly.
‘After a few weeks, they decided to take on nights themselves and went without a night nurse entirely.’
The Duke and Duchess lived at Frogmore Cottage before moving to North America and officially stepping back from royal duty in March of this year
Instead the couple ‘hired a nanny to work weekdays’, joining other members of staff in the household.
The book also details how the couple had decided not to have any live-in staff, with the authors writing: ‘Harry and Meghan had agreed they didn’t want heir home filled with staff.’
They go on to write that ‘Harry had seen that situation at Prince William’s home (the Cambridge’s had a live-in housekeeper and a full-time, live-in nanny) and didn’t want the same for his own family.’
Opening up: Carolyn Durand co-authored Finding Freedom with fellow royal expert Omid Scobie
‘He and Meghan liked the idea that when they went to bed at night, it was just the three of them in the house. Cosy and private.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge employ a Norland nanny called Maria who is often seen in a traditional uniform looking after Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
The third nanny hired by Prince Harry and Meghan to look after baby Archie was seen for the first time hiring a private jet to accompany hem on their holiday to Sir Elton John’s mansion in the south of France in August 2019.
At the time, it was widely reported that the couple had two earlier nannies, however details have never been made public before.
The same month, a source told The Sun that their third recruit has ‘fitted into the family really well’, adding: ‘Meghan is a very hands-on mum but the new nanny is a godsend.
‘She’s great with little Archie and just adores him. Harry and Meghan are very happy with her.’
At the time, Katie Nicholl, who has written a series of biographies on the royal family, claimed that hands-on parents Prince Harry and Meghan asked the royal childminder to sign an ‘extensive’ non-disclosure agreement.
Authors Omid and Carolyn write that ‘after a few weeks’ the couple decided to take on nights themselves (pictured, with baby Archie in October 2019)
Katie told Entertainment Online: ‘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.
‘Meghan’s been up in the night nursing, feeding on demand every few hours. Apparently he’s a hungry little baby.’
Throughout their time as working members of the royal family, the couple saw a series of changes to their staff.
In November 2018, Melissa Toubati, Meghan’s PA, quit after six months, with reports that she had been left in tears.
A few weeks later, the couple’s private secretary, Samantha Cohen, left her role after 17 years with the Royal family.
And in January last year, Meghan’s female bodyguard departed after just six months.
The authors write how the couple hired a second night nurse but ‘because of the incident’, ‘neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly’
As well as these departures, assistant private secretaries Amy Pickerall and Heather Wong also left the couple’s royal household.
The biography also details how Meghan ‘fell hard’ for Prince Harry after watching him win over former best pal Jessica Mulroney’s children gave her a glimpse of how he’d be as a father.
The book claims the Duke ‘never turned up empty-handed’ when they visited the Mulroneys’ twins Brian and John and daughter Ivy.
As well as his generosity, the trio of youngsters were charmed by Harry’s willingness to get on the floor to play with them – something which also appealed to his future wife Meghan.