It’s no secret that there seems to be no love lost between the Duchess of Sussex and her half-sister Samantha Markle, as Meghan’s older sibling has repeatedly spoken out about her in the press since becoming a member of the British royal family.
Now Samantha has waded in to the discussion surrounding Meghan and Harry’s baby – with the duchess expected to give birth this month – and advised her to seek guidance from her sister-in-law Catherine.
Appearing on TLC documentary Meghan & Harry: A Royal Baby Story, Samantha said that Meghan could learn a lot from the Duchess of Cambridge who has welcomed three royal babies in the public eye.
“I would hope Meghan would take some pointers from Kate who is very experienced now,” she says in the one-off special, according to The Daily Mail. “She can guide her and help shelter them while at the same educating them and giving them a sense of who they are in this world.”
The 54-year-old, who shares a father with the former Suits actress, went on to say that she believes Meghan will “definitely get a nanny”, reportedly saying: “I’m pretty sure her threshold for stress will be quite low in the beginning. How many rooms are there in Frogmore – I can see them all filled with nannies.”
However the decision to hire help when it comes to childcare would be no strange feat for the royal parents-to-be as the Cambridge children are cared for by nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.
Other claims regarding Prince Harry and Meghan’s first child were made in the documentary, including that the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father is unlikely to ever meet his grandchild due to his tumultuous relationship with the royal couple.
Speaking in a preview of TLC documentary Meghan and Harry: A Royal Baby Story, royal biographer Duncan Larcombe says the chances of Thomas Markle meeting his grandson or granddaughter are slim after what has been a rocky year for him and daughter Meghan.
Discussing the strained father-daughter relationship, Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, revealed he believes Thomas will have little chance of getting to know the newest member of the British royal family, when the duke and duchess welcome their first child in the coming weeks.
“I can’t think of a minute that Thomas Markle will be able to ever meet his grandson or granddaughter,” Larcombe said in the short clip.
The documentary, which aired in the US this week, follows confirmation from Buckingham Palace that the expectant parents will “remain private” about the birth of the child, shunning the tradition carried out by Catherine and Princess Diana of showing off the new baby on the steps of the Lindo Wing.
Rather than posing for photos outside a hospital, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will remain behind closed doors for a short while after welcoming their first child into the world.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the palace said in a statement shared online by ITV Royal Editor Chris Ship.
“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private.”