Duchess Meghan ‘hasn’t been hitting the gym… she’s being gentle to herself’

The official birthday of the British Sovereign, The Trooping of the Colour, London, UK.

Omid Scobie and Katie Nicholl both have some interesting new pieces of information about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I really do believe that Meghan’s attendance at Trooping the Colour just reminded everyone that Meghan is fun, and she’s fun to cover, so now we’re getting some itty-bitty morsels of gossip. Of course Omid Scobie – who has some kind of inside track on Meghan – has the nicer gossip:

Frogmore Cottage is welcoming another new arrival. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have officially hired a nanny for baby Archie. Sources confirm to BAZAAR.com that the couple recently took on the extra pair of hands ahead of Harry’s busy summer schedule and Meghan planning a return to royal duties this fall. While the couple are hoping to keep personal details of the new staff member private, BAZAAR understands that the British-born female nanny is not permanently based at Frogmore Cottage or working weekends.

The additional support will come in particularly handy for the Sussexes when they tour Africa this October. Sources say it’s increasingly likely that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor will be joining them for the trip. Logistics for the overseas visit are still being ironed out, but if Archie joins, Prince Harry will take on a number of engagements by himself. Stops on the itinerary include Malawi, to focus on the expansion of his charity Sentebale, and Angola, where the government is about to provide $60 million to clear landmines from two national parks.

Buckingham Palace won’t release further details about the two-week trip until July, but engagements in Botswana and South Africa are also expected to be included on the schedule.

“Family life could not be more perfect for [Harry and Meghan],” a close friend of the couple has told BAZAAR. “Ever since Archie arrived they haven’t stopped smiling. The sleepless nights are totally worth it.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

So… Meghan and Harry have already hired a nanny who is not really full-time or live-in for now. And she’s a British woman! So much for all of that angst about how Feminist Diva Ballbuster Meghan was going to hire an American man as a nanny. As for Katie Nicholl’s exclusive, she heard they hired a nanny too, and she has some info about… Meghan’s body.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have hired a nanny for baby Archie, according to a royal biographer. Katie Nicholl, who has written a series of biographies on the royal family, has claimed that hands-on parents Prince Harry, 34 and Meghan, 37, have asked the royal childminder to sign an ‘extensive’ non-disclosure agreement. However the nanny is not said to be on call for night shifts, with maternal Meghan staying up to nurse the one-month-old baby – who is reportedly a ‘very hungry’ little boy.

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.’

And speaking about how Meghan is letting her body heal naturally she added: ‘Meghan hasn’t been hitting the gym – she hasn’t been in any hurry to get back into shape. No hard training. No weights. She’s enjoying this time, she’s being gentle to herself.’

[From The Daily Mail]

So, the nanny doesn’t work nights or weekends and doesn’t live with them. Granted, I’ve never even wanted a baby, but if I had a baby, I would get a night nurse or a night-nanny so fast, it would make your head spin. And it’s good that Archie is such a good eater! Healthy baby. As for Meghan not hitting the gym… obviously, every woman is different and some doctors give different advice about it, but it was my understanding that most doctors don’t want women to work out for six to eight weeks after childbirth anyway, so why is it particularly notable that Meghan hasn’t been to the gym? Who cares? We’re so judgy about postpartum women, my God.

The British Royal Family attends Trooping the Colour Ceremony

The official birthday of the British Sovereign, The Trooping of the Colour, London, UK.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Of course the nanny had to sign a NDA. Don’t all royal employees, or is that more just something that is understood? (that you don’t blab details about working for the royals.)

    My guess is that the nanny is there right now on a relatively part-time basis, and will work more as Meghan gets closer to returning to full time royal work. But right now it means there is someone there who can help, but also if Meghan goes to Wimbledon or whatever, she can leave the baby with someone she trusts.

    • Snazzy says:

      Exactly! Sorry for the repetition, I posted the same thing below before so saw your comment

    • Jen says:

      I’m sure all royal employees have an extensive NDA. This seems like a subtle dig at them for no reason.

      I think it’s good they have a nanny. They really need one. In their situation, they don’t have the kind of child care options most people have. They need to have someone reliable who has been vetted extensively for security purposes available whenever they need someone for an event. They can’t ask for recommendations on a moms’ FB group.

      • Lunde says:

        Of course the nanny signed a NDA. I don’t think that this is any surprise.

        Also people often take on nannies months before they return to work so that they can be an extra pair of hands, learn the routines and generally be ready when Meghan decides to return to work. I expect there is a lot to learn about Royal routines – especially in BP.

        You can still have a night nanny and nurse yourself. My cousin had a night nanny who used to bring the baby when the baby wanted to feed so she didn’t even have to get out of bed and therefore got more sleep.

  2. Snazzy says:

    And why the line about the non-disclosure agreement? I’ll bet everyone has to sign them when working for the royals, plus with all the crap they’ve been through I don’t blame them …

    • Britt says:

      I can’t either. The sussexes are sending a huge message. No one is getting any exclusives and leaks won’t start trickling out.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Working for the Royals as the same as working for central gov here in the UK, you need security clearance AND you basically sign the official Secrets Act. The nanny and their family would have under gone a background check. This is normal practice.

    • Tourmaline says:

      It’s the way Katie Nicholl tries to pretend she has a scoop–putting totally obvious details in her reporting.

  3. Abby says:

    My doctor banned serious exercise till 6 weeks post partum. I walked around my neighborhood, but waited to be signed off before exercise. I know some women do get back to it quickly, but your body really needs time to heal.

    • Larla says:

      Was just going to say this. She’s only what – 5 weeks postpartum now. She wouldn’t be able to do much in the way of exercise yet. A friend has a difficult delivery that turned into a section and couldn’t do anything for months.

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you! A healthy body is more important than fitting into a size 0 dress. I hate how some people try to make women feel bad about their bodies. Nothing is ever good enough. You’re either insulted for being too big or too thin. There are women who are so self-conscious after giving birth that they refuse to be seen in public until they lose the baby weight. Makes me angry!

    • Lady D says:

      I don’t do yoga, but I was under the impression that those who did, had a quicker recovery and return to (almost) pre-pregnancy weight. I kind of expected to see her almost back at pre-baby size, simply because of her dedication to yoga. I think the Duchess looks stunning right now, just like Kate does post-baby, but with what I’ve heard and read about yoga, I thought first-time mothers bounced back quicker than most.

      • Erinn says:

        I think it’s a mixed bag. There’s a big difference (from what my yoga loving friend has told me) between a gentle yoga and more intense yoga. I’d imagine she probably HAS bounced back pretty quickly in a lot of ways – but I think you just won’t ever override genetics. I suspect she’s had a pretty healthy recovery – but she’s relatively short torsoed which probably makes her look a bit heavier than she would if she had a longer one like Kate. I think her larger bust is making her look heavier than she is as well – I’m really short with a larger chest, and if I’m wearing a really supportive pushup kind of bra and a fitted shirt I look like I’ve shed a bunch of weight all of a sudden. And where her outfit isn’t a fitted one, it’s giving making her look a bit bulkier than what she probably is.

        I personally think she looks great. I can’t get over how freaking young she looks with more weight in her face. I never thought she looked old or anything – but holy crap, she has such a youthful glow.

    • Maddie23 says:

      That is BS though. You can exercise after birth, we tell patients to be active after major surgery. Walking is the best thing you can do. You just can’t do heavy lifting.

      • Isabella says:

        Who is WE, Maddie23, giving this stern advice? And how do you know Meghan isn’t walking?

      • Jedi says:

        I just gave birth 13 days ago and you better believe my midwife has told me to rest for a few weeks. The advice I was given was you can climb stairs in your house the number of days old your baby is – if baby is 2 days old, you better be going up and down only twice. It’s not the same as surgery where everything is all closed up after. You have a huge, placenta sized wound inside of you that is needs to close up over several weeks. That’s only done through rest. No doctor tells a new mom to get out there and work out right away.

      • Jaded says:

        Maddie23 – what medical training do you have that allows you to tell people to be active after major surgery? I had a hysterectomy – one where I had to be opened up and carved out due to adhesions and scarring after previous surgeries – and it was a freaking YEAR before I could do any vigorous exercise (lifting weights, etc.) without pain!! I walked after 6 weeks and that was ALL. You should not be doling out misinformation like this.

      • not so gullible says:

        There is a difference between walking and HIIT training, weightlifting, etc… so yes, post operative patients are encouraged to walk. They are not encouraged to return to normal activity until 6 weeks post op. This goes for childbirth as well. So just stop.

    • PrincessK says:

      Why do people think Meghan needs to hit the gym? She looks absolutely fine with the tiny bit of weight she has gained around her face.

  4. Cidy says:

    Good for her! She literally just gave birth, she doesnt need to be “hitting the gym” that’s ridiculous. We need to stop shaming women on what they decide to do with their bodies postpartum. When my sister had her first baby she opted to slowly let the weight come off over the next two years or so, her second child she immediately started working out and eventually got a breast lift. I support both decisions. It’s no ones business and I’m happy that Meg is taking time to just enjoy her baby.

    Happy maternity leave Meg!

  5. LNG says:

    I have my doubts that they would take the baby with them because of the vaccination situation, but Omid seems to always have the inside information! For Angola alone they recommend: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

    • Melissa says:

      I think if they go it will be Harry doing most of the engagements. Meghan and Archie will probably show up to more safe and secure locations.

    • Anitas says:

      I don’t believe they would be considering *not* taking the baby with them for two whole weeks at that age. Either Harry will go alone, or Meghan and Archie join him for part of the trip.

      • hunter says:

        When I was watching The Crown I think the Queen and Prince Phillip left her kids for SIX MONTHS when they were just wee.

    • Mary Davey says:

      The abuse Meghan has received; I wouldn’t leave my child. Hell no look at all the Twitter and Instagram accounts trashing her. Some might give that disgusting SUN or Piers access to baby Archie. I would entrust Doria no one else.

    • Wisca says:

      Agreed. An infant should not be going on that trip. Perhaps at 12-18 months?

    • CuriousCole says:

      I don’t see either of them wanting to be without the baby (I wouldn’t want to either) but Archie won’t be old enough to have received all of the recommended vaccinations by October. I’m curious what the compromise will be.

  6. Britt says:

    The press don’t know what Meghan is doing and I wouldn’t believe Katie unless she was Omid Scobie. The thirst for Meghan news is so in demand but most of the articles are just based on assumptions and common sense. There’s nothing important in them. I just find it funny that Meghan and Harry are the irrelevant, unimportant ones but they’re still reported on way more than Will and Kate. I really wonder what they press going to do until the fall because the other family members clearly aren’t worth clicking on articles. They’ll probably try to force her out of Maternity leave by beginning criticizing her for doing it. GMB and Loose Women can’t wait to attack. That’s how predictable they are.

    • Grace2 says:

      Yep. I put Katie Nicholl in the same class as US weekly.

    • Himmiefan says:

      Interesting how Katie Nicholl took two things that are obvious and apply to anyone who is a royal employee or is a new mother and spun them as exclusive bits of royal gossip.

      • Grace2 says:

        That pretty much sums up all of her “exclusive scoops” lol.

      • starryfish29 says:

        That basically what all of these royal “reporters” do, add in a dash of crazy conspiracy to drive clicks & you’ve got the royal beat covered.

      • himmiefan says:

        I guess her next “exclusive” will be “Duchess eats dinner!”

      • Tourmaline says:

        Breaking–duchess inhales oxygen, exhales carbon dioxide.

  7. TeamAwesome says:

    If they want to do a huge trip like that with a five month old, you do you Sussex family, but geez that sounds exhausting.

  8. Sassy says:

    Good for her not every woman wants to starve themselves to be rail thin or hit the gym as soon as they are released from the hospital to show off their bounce back.
    Can people stop acting like she’s gained 200 pounds when really she only went up a dress size or two.

    I think they will leave Archie with Doria in the U.K. because he would have to get so many shots to travel there with them. Meghan will feel more comfortable leaving her baby with her mother for 2 weeks versus a nanny that she doesn’t know all that well. It’s different leaving your baby in their care for a few hours versus a full 2 weeks.

    • Anitas says:

      I honestly doubt they’ll leave Archie in the UK for two weeks, he’ll be just about 5-6 months old in October. Two weeks away from both of his parents is too long for such a young baby.

  9. Loretta says:

    So no American man nanny? LMAO royal reporters are wrong every single time

    • PrincessK says:

      But she may not be British, the phrase ‘ British born’ gives a clue. No doubt there a multiple news hounds on the trail trying to discover the poor woman’s identity and background so that they can find an angle to write yet another twisted Meghan story for click bait.

  10. Busybody says:

    What, are the Duke and Duchess supposed to find a babysitter for Trooping the Colour?! Of course they have a professional, vetted, person to care for the baby!

    I have three older kids, but if I could go back to the baby stage, I would absolutely want a night nurse! With my second, I felt like I knew what I was doing, so took the toddler to the park on day 5 and ripped out my stitches (not c-section stitches, the other kind). Why we expect any new mom to hit the gym so soon is beyond me.

  11. Grace2 says:

    Wow, what a scoop Katie Nicholl – Meghan isn’t killing herself at the gym mere weeks after giving birth. Duh. Meghan seems moderate in that she doesn’t seem the type to be overly concerned about getting her figure back ASAP. From what I understand she is more into yoga and probably walks around her grounds with the baby.

    Her staff have no doubt signed nda’s and I can’t see them risking their jobs to feed tidbits to Katie Nicoll.

  12. Malificent says:

    A night nanny can certainly help with the non-feeding stuff, but it’s not going to save Meghan on sleep. Unless they’ve gone seriously old school and gotten a wet nurse, Meghan is going to be up every few hours to nurse anyway.

  13. minx says:

    Good, she should just enjoy these early months.

    • Wisca says:

      Breastfeeding, walking, and yoga is all she needs to do and the weight will melt away.

  14. Mego says:

    🙄 @ KN. So it’s technically not a lie to say they had a nanny sign a NDA cuz all royals do it but lets throw the word lengthy in there to subtly suggest the Harry and Meghan have things they want to hide beyond the norm. She doesn’t know anything about Meghan current exercise routine either.

    Such a smug shady b***h that Katie Nicholl.

  15. Lizzie says:

    i just broke out in a sweat out thinking about doing anything other than walking a month after my level 2 tear that took 5 months and a 5oz tube of estrogen cream to heal. everyone heals different they said. it is a normal small tear. except – i heal very, very slowly. six weeks they said…HA! i didn’t remember it was there – until i squatted down to carry groceries up the stairs and then had to do a sitz bath for two days. didn’t feel that small after 5 months.

  16. Sofia says:

    Good. NDAs are standard when working with the royals and extensive background checks are done before you even meet the actual royals.

    But it’s Katie N so I’m a bit skeptical. But good on Meghan if she’s just enjoying her time.

  17. Deedee says:

    A baby is hungry and nursing in the night? Wow. Next you’ll tell us that water is wet.

    • Maria says:

      Yes, and the baby is doing what every other infant does. How is that news?

    • Tourmaline says:

      Yes exactly.

      If you look back at the Vanity Fair stories that Katie Nicholl wrote after Kate had Prince George–she goes in the EXACT same details about how hungry the baby was. It’s kinda creepy. It’s like a cut and paste job using the same wording. Good scam Katie Nicholl has going I wonder how much $$ she gets for her nothingburger stories.

  18. Mtec says:

    I heard if you’re breastfeeding you can’t be exercising strenuously either. It hasn’t even been 6 weeks, she really didn’t gain that much weight, and Nicholl’s article was truly just trying to find fault in anything. I bet the Cambridges staff also have to sign “extensive” NDA’s, she’s trying to be critical without reason and it’s honestly effed up that’s what her job is.

    • Deedee says:

      You can exercise, but you have to be careful to stay hydrated. Even with light exercise (like walking the dog) I would get leg cramps if I forgot to drink a lot of water.

    • Abby says:

      The only times I got mastitis whole breastfeeding was when I bumped up my exercise. You have to be really careful!

  19. Guest says:

    I’m glad she’s not starving herself to get back to her pre baby weight. I hope she actually keeps some of the weight. She had amazing curves when she was on suits.

  20. Socks says:

    Who cares if she’s working out? It’s only been a month! I gave myself a few months of eating whatever I wanted after my last baby before I hit the gym and dieted. Let her chill and enjoy it! She looks great as is.

  21. Anitas says:

    Aw I remember those night shifts very well – I still get to do them from time to time… If she’s exclusively breastfeeding, there’s not that much a night nanny could do.

  22. violet says:

    All royal employees, from the Queen’s staff on down, are “asked” to sign NDAs. What happens later on, is that they prove unenforceable if the money carrot dangled in front of staff who have left is big enough. The BRF know that suing a former staff member for getting their stories out later on only extends the time the story is in front of the public, especially if the former staff member can persuade the public that their story is true and the BRF is just doing damage control.

    Some people are more principled and if they sign an NDA, keep to it – if they leave, like Melissa Tabouti did, they get something for their silence: a handsome severance payment and good references, which in Tabouti’s case included a public statement by the BRF praising her experience, talent, and service.

    But generally, NDA’s are not a guarantee of privacy if the staff in question feel they have a real score to settle and/or the tabloids with deep pockets get the story out of them, anonymously if necessary.

    It’s a glass palace no matter how you slice it.

  23. leskat says:

    GOOD, STAY OUT OF THE GYM. Sweet jebus we really do expect women to snap back like a fresh rubber band instead of honoring what their body and mind have been through and letting go of any expectations about what post-partum looks like. She will never get this chance again to take it easy with Archie and relearn her body and relax and have no expectations. I’m happy because she looks happy and healthy.

  24. TheOriginalMia says:

    Meghan isn’t a gym rat. She’s a yogi. Fail, Katie Nicholls.

    Of course, they have a nanny. Archie wasn’t sitting in Buckingham Palace by himself. I actually don’t expect Archie to go with them to Angola. I think he’ll stay in South Africa while they or Harry alone travels to Angola. I would suggest Doria going with them, but that would be hypocritical of me since I didn’t want Carole going to Australia with the Cambridges.

  25. Sunnee says:

    They mention Meghan not hitting the gym as a not-so-subtle comparison to her sister-in-law. Kate showed up to Meghan and Harry’s wedding looking slim as ever, and as though she was not pregnant a mere one month before. My thought at the time was that she must have been seriously hitting the gym. Louis was born just 4 weeks before the event. I think the RRs are secretly amazed by Kate’s devotion to being slim, and that’s clouded their expectations for Meghan.

    • Wisca says:

      I tried to get slim quickly and my milk stopped flowing. My doctor said do you want to establish your milk or get slender immediately. I chose a slower rate of weight loss and to successfully breastfeed. Women’s bodies are amazing if we allow ourselves to be human and fatter after and post baby. M is setting a great example for women who feel pressure.

    • Grace2 says:

      I think Kate’s quick bounce back is probably more due to her overly disciplined, stringent diet v.s. hitting it at the gym. Of the 2, Meghan seems more balanced and healthy and I think longterm, Kate will face health repercussions (osteoporosis, etc.)>

    • minx says:

      Kate is taller and longer waisted but she also might just have a different metabolism. Meghan looks beautiful and healthy.

    • PrincessK says:

      Kate has more than just a devotion to being slim these days, some say that she is obsessive.

  26. Myra says:

    Katie Nicholl isn’t a good source of information. I don’t believe a word she prints. Like the majority of these Royal Reporters she has to makeup stuff to continue to get paid by US Magazines. No one knows what’s going on at Frogmore but Meghan and Harry!

  27. WyoGirl says:

    IMHO Meghan looked thinner at the baby meet & greet than she looks this week. I think it might be that women require more calories while breast feeding than while pregnant.

  28. Eliza says:

    If you’re nursing, a night nurse won’t help much. Yes you can pump, but to get supply up, not feeding all night will not help.

    • Susan says:

      You wouldn’t think they could help nursing mothers but a night nurse monitors the baby so the parents can sleep better while they can between feedings without needing to have one ear open all the time. Plus the night nurse will bring the baby to you in bed to do the nursing and put him back to bed after, as well as probably changing his diaper, etc. So though you would still need to wake up to do the actual nursing, it’s a great benefit to have a night nurse.

  29. MommaD says:

    Why even say “Omid Scobie – who has some kind of inside track on Meghan – has the nicer gossip”. I mean, we been knew the track. Omid has been climbing with Meg ever since he was dating her Soho House bff Marcus. He is on her speed dial. Which, good for her for having a mouthpiece of her own to have her own back and all, I just…wish it were someone other than that guy. He is and has always seemed…icky. And like a bitchy backstabber who loves drama and gossip. I fear if he ever feels put out by Meghan he’ll flip so fast and write a tell all quicker than she can say boo.