Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former nanny has admitted that she compared herself to the Prince and Princess of Wales’s au pair.
Lorren Khumalo, from Zimbabwe, was hired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shortly after his birth in May 2019 to look after their son Archie.
On an episode of The Breakfast Club with Zenzele Ndebele, the pediatric nurse explained how nervous she was about her first meeting with the couple, who were then living at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
When approached by a representative of the new parents, Lorren had accompanied another family for their holiday in Germany.
Lorren Khumalo (pictured with baby Archie at Frogmore Cottage) was adopted by the couple in 2019 when Archie was just a baby
After flying back to the UK, Lorren said she was worried about what to wear to the interview and started comparing herself to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Norland nanny Maria Barrallo.
The au pair of the Prince and Princess of Wales is a graduate of the world’s leading childcare training institutions and is often seen in her signature Norland uniform – consisting of a beige crested dress, tie, loafers and a brown felt hat.
Lorren said, “I thought to myself, ‘I wonder what their nannies look like, are they wearing heels?’
“Prince William has a Norland Nanny, so they have a brown uniform that because of my skin color and how it looks in khaki brown, I knew it wouldn’t even work, it just wouldn’t work.”
The couple’s ex-nanny (pictured during their Netflix special) explained how she worried about what to wear before going to Frogmore Cottage for the first time
The Prince and Princess of Wales hired Norland nanny Maria Barrallo (pictured in 2015) when Prince George was just a few months old. Norland graduates often wear the institute’s traditional beige uniform with a matching tie and felt hat
Norland nanny Maria Borrallo pictured arriving in her full uniform at Pippa Middleton’s wedding in 2017
Lorren says she eventually settled on a dressy outfit and a pair of kitten heels to “look presentable for a king.”
She added, “But I didn’t use any makeup, I said if they take me, they take me as I am.”
“I was not born with a silver spoon, I am not a blue blood, I will go as I am and trust me with my God, I will get this job.”
In addition, Lorren said she was ticketed on the way to Frogmore Cottage for ‘driving too fast’.
Lorrren previously described Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as “very hands-on parents” to their son Archie (pictured as a newborn)
Lorren worked for the couple when they lived in Frogmore Cottage (pictured) on the Windsor estate before moving to Montecito, California
Once she arrived in Windsor, Lorren said she had “a lot of checks” before being allowed entry into the couple’s home.
Moments before meeting her prospective employer, the former nanny asked the Duke of Sussex’s security officer if she should curtsey.
She added: “And he just looked at me and laughed and he said, ‘You’ll see, Prince Harry is amazing.'”
Lorren described the moment when she first met Prince Harry and continued: “When I got there, the way he opened his arms ‘Hello Lorren!’ and gave me a hug.
Prince Harry feeds Archie in his sushi-themed high chair — Lorren described the Sussexes as “hands-on” parents
‘[I thought] “Wow, what a gentleman, what a gem”, oh my god, I couldn’t believe it. And when I walked in and saw Meghan, I thought “My God, what a beautiful woman”.
“I just felt so comfortable, it wasn’t as formal as I expected, it was just a normal house.”
Last month, the Duke and Duchess’s ex-nanny also appeared on their Netflix docuseries, labeling them as “really hands-on parents.”
Lorren said the couple would come in in the morning to see baby Archie, feed him before she took over, and then walk their newborn.
Meghan added: “Not only did she take care of Archie, she took care of us, she definitely took care of me.”
The professional nanny currently works as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and pediatric nurse at Portland Hospital, where Meghan gave birth to Archie in 2019.