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The important role Duchess Meghan’s mother will play welcoming the royal baby

The important role Duchess Meghan’s mother will play welcoming the royal baby

Duchess Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland will play a pivotal role in raising the Sussex baby, a royal observer said.

As the arrival of Duchess Meghan’s first child is coming closer, she is expected to transition into parenthood with the help of her mother.

“I think [the Duchess’s] mum is going to be hugely important to her in these first few weeks like all mums are,” royal commentator Victoria Murphy told Channel Nine’s Today show. “It’s about supporting the mother as well as helping with the baby.”

Murphy said Ragland’s support becomes more important as the Duchess “has left behind her old life and a lot of her old friends” in the US to settle into the royal life in the UK.

However, Murphy also pointed out that the 37-year-old royal does have a small support network in her new hometown. 

“Meghan does have some friends over here, she has people that she knows, has known for a while, who live over here. She’s not completely reliant on Harry,” the royal commentator explained. 

Royal families often enlist the help of caretakers from Norland College, a 125-year-old school that trains students in traditional child-rearing skills as well as cooking, sewing, self-defence and first-aid training.

“The nannies are taught everything from defensive driving to security issues to how to care for a future king or queen,” Murphy told ABC News.

Princess Anne and Duchess Kate are among the royals who have hired nannies from Norland. However, Duchess Meghan and husband Prince Harry might break this tradition by asking for help from the trusted grandmother.

“With the royals, the biggest thing for them is this issue of trust and finding people who they can really trust,” added Murphy.

Duchess Meghan’s baby is due to arrive in late April. She and Prince Harry are set to move from Kensington Palace in London to Windsor Castle's Frogmore Cottage in March, giving the couple time to settle in before welcoming their first child.