MEGHAN & HARRY: RAIS­ING A ROYAL BABY

Mod­ern love­birds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are al­ready rewrit­ing the royal rules of par­ent­ing

US Weekly - - INSIDE - With re­port­ing by Jen Heger and Jen­nifer Peros

The Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex will bring up their child their own way.

Prince Harry was in pro­tec­tive mode. Ex­plain­ing why his four-months-preg­nant wife, Meghan Markle, didn’t come to an event at Lake McKen­zie on Aus­tralia’s Fraser Is­land on Oct. 22, he in­di­cated the bumpy ter­rain. “It would be a bit rough go­ing,” said the dad-to-be, while sources later clar­i­fied that she isn’t sick, just ex­hausted on her first royal tour. “She wants to do every­thing,” says a royal aide, “but Prince Harry is en­cour­ag­ing her to pace herself.”

By the time a rested Meghan, 37, joined him

later that af­ter­noon, cradling her bump, she “was glow­ing,” says an ob­server. She’s got a lot to smile about: The real-life fairy tale con­tin­ues for Meghan, who’s en­joy­ing ev­ery mo­ment of her preg­nancy as she makes plans with Harry, 34, to raise their lit­tle prince or princess in a mind­ful way, ac­knowl­edg­ing their fam­i­lies (in­clud­ing his beloved mother, the late Princess Diana) with­out feel­ing be­holden to royal tra­di­tion, sources tell Us. Says one royal in­sider: “They’ll make fan­tas­tic par­ents.”

KEEP CALM & CARRY ON

The first step is to start tak­ing it easy. Meghan — who’s been get­ting up at 4:30 a.m. to do pre­na­tal yoga and de­scribed preg­nancy as feel­ing like jet lag — luck­ily isn’t suf­fer­ing from morn­ing sick­ness like her sis­ter-in-law, Duchess Kate. But she does want to make “sure she gets enough

rest,” says the royal aide, “and isn’t over­do­ing it.”

She’s got a busy sched­ule wait­ing for her at home. Harry and Meghan will soon start their search for the per­fect nanny.

“You can be sure that they will want some­one who is trained at one of the best places in the U.K.,” a palace in­sider tells Us, dis­miss­ing re­ports that they’d al­ready hired U.S. nanny Con­nie Simp­son (who’s worked for Jes­sica Biel and Jes­sica Alba). In­stead, ex­pect them to check out Nor­land Col­lege, which has in­structed care­tak­ers for up­per-crust fam­i­lies for 125 years — in­clud­ing Maria Bor­rallo, who looks af­ter Prince Ge­orge, 5, Princess Char­lotte, 3, and Prince Louis, 6 months.

They’ll also be help­ing Meghan’s mom, Do­ria Ragland, get set­tled. “Do­ria is plan­ning on spend­ing most of her time there lead­ing up to and af­ter her first grand­child is born [in early May],” a sec­ond royal source tells Us of the LA-based yoga in­struc­tor, who’ll likely live in Lon­don.

Meghan’s es­tranged dad, Thomas, who’s said he was “de­lighted” by the news when he heard it on the ra­dio, may not be so lucky. “Meghan is go­ing to let time dic­tate whether or not her fa­ther will meet her child,” the sec­ond royal source says of the 74-year-old former Hol­ly­wood light­ing di­rec­tor, who called the royal fam­ily “cult­like” in Au­gust. “She is go­ing to be ex­tremely guarded with the baby, so Thomas will be kept at a dis­tance.”

AT HOME IN ENG­LAND

Con­trary to some re­ports, the royal heir won’t be a Cal­i­for­nia kid. “There are no plans to buy a house in the U.S. as of right now,” says the palace in­sider. While the par­ents-to-be may still want their child to have dual cit­i­zen­ship, he or she will grow up pri­mar­ily at their home in Kens­ing­ton Palace — cur­rently it’s cozy Not­ting­ham Cot­tage, but they’re ex­pected to move to much­larger Apart­ment 1 — and their rented $5.4 mil­lion coun­try es­tate in the Cotswolds, two hours away.

Like his mother, who was the first royal to break from tra­di­tional palace par­ent­ing pro­to­col, the prince will in­sist on mak­ing fam­ily life as nor­mal as pos­si­ble. “He grew up with the en­tire world watch­ing his ev­ery move, which has made him very pri­vate and some­what re­sent­ful of the role he was born into,” says the palace in­sider. “He does not want that for his own chil­dren.”

Ex­pect to

see the sev­enth in line for the throne get dropped off at school by his or her mum or dad (like fu­ture king Ge­orge does), be heav­ily in­volved in charity and even­tu­ally pur­sue a nor­mal ca­reer. Harry, who said he’s look­ing for­ward to the “new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties” that come with be­ing a fa­ther, will raise his kids “very much how Princess Eu­ge­nie and Beatrice were [raised],” the palace in­sider says of Prince An­drew’s daugh­ters. That means 24/7 se­cu­rity, but also a lit­tle more free­dom than Wil­liam and Harry, who were bound by their of­fi­cial du­ties.

If Harry has his way, his kids won’t even have royal ti­tles. Queen El­iz­a­beth II would have to make a spe­cial ex­cep­tion for the Duke of Sus­sex’s kids to of­fi­cially be called prince or princess, and Harry is un­likely to ask for it. In­stead, says the palace in­sider, “they will be just like Prince Ed­ward’s chil­dren,” Lady Louise and James, Vis­count Sev­ern, whose ti­tles re­flect their stand­ing as an earl’s off­spring. (Ed­ward, the queen’s youngest son, is the Earl of Wes­sex.)

Harry, at least, would like a lit­tle Lady. He an­swered “so do I” when on Oct. 21 a fan yelled that they hoped his baby is a girl. But what will she be called? “We’ve been given a long list of names from ev­ery­one,” Meghan said on Oct. 18, adding that “she hadn’t thought of one [yet] as it was still quite early.” Alice, Vic­to­ria and Mary are re­port­edly in the run­ning, along with Alexan­der, Arthur and Philip for a boy.

A spe­cial nod to Diana, who “smoth­ered us with love,” Harry says, is of course very pos­si­ble. “I hope she’s look­ing down [at our fam­ily] with tears in her eyes,” he’s said, “be­ing in­cred­i­bly proud of what we’ve es­tab­lished.”

The pair (with Luke Vin­cent, 5, in Dubbo, Aus­tralia,on Oct. 17) are nat­u­rals with kids.

Meghan (in a now­sold-out $218 Pineapple dress from Re­for­ma­tion)joined her hus­band on Fraser Is­land on Oct. 22. “Our first baby gift!” Meghan ex­claimed of a stuffed kan­ga­roo pre­sented by the Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral of Aus­tralia on Oct. 16.

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