Meghan and Harry have ‘scaled down’ staff – but one person is ‘indispensable’

While many may assume that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a whole team of staff and experts on hand to help them look after little Archie, an expert has said this isn't the case.

In fact the new parents are yet to hire any staff for their new home Frogmore Cottage , and are doing all the childcare, cooking and cleaning themselves.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl told Grazia that the staff they do have – who work in their office at Buckingham Palace – is a "scaled down" team.

But there is one person who has been on hand to help out in the first few days of little Archie's life – Meghan's mum Doria Ragland.

The yoga instructor, who lives in LA, arrived in the UK shortly before the birth and is believed to still be staying at Frogmore with her new grandson.

A source told Katie that Doria's help has been "indispensable" to Meghan and Harry.

It's not a huge change for Meghan and Harry, and according to pals the couple didn't have any staff at their old home in Kensington Palace.

The pals, who gave an anonymous interview to People magazine to defend Meghan against "global bullying" , described the two-bedroom cottage as "small" and "cozy".

They also said that the Duchess cooks for them "every single day", and that she also does her own hair and make-up.

One friend told the magazine: "People think when you come out of the car that you went through some metaphorical reverse car wash.

"Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, and everyone’s doing all this stuff to you. They're not picturing you sitting by the space heater doing your own hair and nails.

"There's a false assumption that she lives in some gilded palace with staff and ladies-in-waiting and all these royal perks. It's simply not true."

However Meghan and Harry may get some help once things settle down a bit and they return to their royal duties full time.

According to sources the Duchess "favours an American over a Brit ", and the couple are open to the idea of having a male nanny.

A source said " They are keen to explore the ­possibility of a male nanny."

Whoever the nanny or 'manny' is, they'll be handsomely remunerated for their services –  the worker will earn up to £70,000-a-year, depending on ­experience.

This is a lot higher than a Norland nanny starting salary, which on average will set you back is £26,000 a year, rising to £30,000 a year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Cambridge have a Norland Nanny – Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo – to help them look after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

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