A struggling Meghan Markle had to call in help from her family to deal with Archie, it has emerged.
The Duchess of Sussex reportedly moved her mum Doria Ragland, a former social worker, into her and Prince Harry's luxury mansion to help with raising her son.
Doria, 63, stayed with Meghan and Harry at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor shortly after Archie was born, and later returned for a longer stint at the property.
A friend of Meghan's revealed to reporters back in July 2020 that Doria had been "really worried about Meghan" and had been encouraging her to look after her own mental health.
She said: "Doria is very much about being true to oneself and so of course she will continue to encourage Meghan to take the road less traveled.”
The usual stresses of parenting have been combined with the additional pressures of life in the public eye for Harry and Meghan — and some experts believe Archie and Lilibet may have ‘less normal childhood’ than cousins George and Charlotte back in the UK.
Speaking on Vanity Fair’s Dynasty podcast, royal commentators Katie Nicholl and Erin Vanderhoof contrasted the different approaches adopted by Harry and Meghan and Kate and William towards the privacy of their children.
“While William has made his children more accessible, almost because he has to, Harry was adamant that he wasn’t going to do the same with Archie and Lilibet,” Katie acknowledged.
“And the problem therein with getting just a glimpse of their little girl is that the media are always going to want a little bit more.
“I think the problem for the Sussexes is that in many ways their obsession with privacy has become problematic.”
However, she suggested that the Cambridges had negotiated a more sustainable approach to keeping their children out of the spotlight, as they recognise "there is an appetite for images of their children".
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