Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Search for the Perfect Royal Nanny — or ‘Manny!’

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When it comes to choosing a royal nanny, Meghan Markle has got it covered.

“The Duchess of Sussex is up to date on all the different options, she knows what she’s doing, she’s done her research and she knows exactly what she is looking for,” Sarajane Ambrose, founder of Imperial Nannies, a leading childcare agency in London who has experience of placing nannies with royal families, tells PEOPLE.

With just weeks to go until Meghan and Prince Harry welcome their new baby, the royal couple who have recently moved into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, will already have hired a maternity nurse, says Ambrose, who has in the past worked with members of the British royal family as well as European royals. “They are specialists at looking after newborns and will teach the mother all about the care of her individual baby – they will then hand over to a nanny at a certain point, usually around the 3-month point.”

Meghan Markle photo C Getty Imags
Meghan Markle photo C Getty Imags

“He or she has to be professional, discreet, do a very good job and be prepared to not speak to anybody about her experiences there, they will be on their toes the whole time and it can be isolating too,” she says.

“There was a trend for male nannies a few years ago, but it’s really the personality match that’s important,” says Ambrose, who says male nannies or “mannies” as they are known, count for only 10 percent of the candidates on her books.

Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys Search for the Perfect Royal Nanny — or Manny photo C getty images
Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys Search for the Perfect Royal Nanny — or Manny photo C getty images

Whether or not Meghan chooses an American nanny or “manny,” Ambrose, who founded her agency 24 years ago, says British nannies are hugely popular in both her London (Kensington) and Bath offices.

“Lots of Americans want a British nanny, maybe it’s the manners or just to offer them something different.”

Source: people com