A new book claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were forced to terminate a nanny who was in charge of taking care of the couple’s son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, now 15 months.
In “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,” released in the U.S. on Tuesday, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hired a night nurse only to discover that she was “unprofessional and irresponsible” less than 48 hours into the job.
"Meghan and Harry felt they were forced to let the nurse go in the middle of her second night of work for being unprofessional and irresponsible," Scobie and Durand wrote.
While the now-former members of the royal family ended up hiring another night nurse who "did a fine job," the experience with their first nanny left a terrible taste in their mouths.
The writers say "neither found themselves comfortable sleeping through the night without going to check on Archie regularly."
After a few weeks, Meghan and Harry reportedly decided to take on night duty themselves and hired a nanny just during the day.
The book also claims that Meghan initially considered giving birth to her son at home, but eventually decided on a London hospital.
"I know there were stories about a home birth, and it was certainly something that was discussed early on, but Meg knew it would be a hospital birth for a few months. All she cared about was having the baby in the safest way possible," a source said. "She was more and more nervous as she approached the due date, so I would say in some ways it was a relief for her to be doing it in a traditional hospital."
Additionally, “Finding Freedom” reports that the couple — who tied the knot on May 19, 2018, in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle — decided on Archie’s moniker long before he was birthed on May 6, 2019.
During an appearance on “Good Morning America,” Scobie says he and Durand conducted 100 interviews with "those who know Harry and Meghan best, close friends and even Buckingham Palace aides.” Scobie also denies Meghan and Harry were involved with the memoir.
In a statement obtained by People, a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry said, "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom.’ This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting."