As January winds down, that puts us that much closer to the arrival of Baby Sussex. Duchess Meghan is reportedly due in April which means things must be getting a little hectic for her and Prince Harry. Renovations on their new home, Frogmore Cottage, have been underway and the nursery is just one of the new rooms being worked on. But it’s not just any nursery; it’s a whole giant space that will include a bedroom, playroom and a spare bedroom — not for a nanny but for Megs’ mother, Doria Ragland. Because the Sussexes aren’t hiring a nanny or a nurse. Grandma Doria will be caring for the baby.
Sources told Vanity Fair that Harry and Meghan will “rely on the help of Meghan’s mother,” at least in the early stages. And that’s typical for a lot of new parents, wanting someone close to them that they trust to be there for their child. And who knows? Once grandmother and baby bond, it’ll be tougher for Doria to go back to California so we might see Meghan’s mom moving to the U.K. sooner than we hoped. And the more Doria, the better, right?
As for Ragland’s temporary digs in Frogmore, she’ll be in beautiful surroundings and have just about everything she needs. Meghan and Harry are decorating the space in greys and whites, not just because it’s gender-neutral but it’s also totally their style: clean, simple, classy. They can accessorize with almost any colour so they can brighten it up that way and then in the future, they won’t have to redecorate it since the neutral tones are something that can continue as their child gets older and develops his/her own taste.
The whole house will be eco-friendly, from the toxin-free vegan paint — infused with eucalyptus oil, no less — for the nursery, to the brand-new £50,000 energy-efficient boiler, in keeping with Harry and Meghan’s environmentally-conscious ways.
The house is also going to be modern as hell. “They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool,” a friend told VF. “They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones.” That includes top-of-the-line cameras and security windows. Add in their bodyguards and they couldn’t be safer.
“They are so excited about moving into the house,” said a source. “Meghan is super stylish and loves interior design so she’ll go all out with the nursery but also the kitchen, which she has designed as well as all the living areas. She wants the place to be filled with light, modern but also with a touch of the shabby-chic style that she loves.”
Let’s not forget the yoga studio and the separate guest wing; it all adds up to a welcoming space for a Nanny, oops, we mean Grandma. With a space like that and a daughter like Meghan, why would she ever leave?