ITV has ordered Secrets Of The Royal Babies, a one-off hour-long documentary exploring what expectant mum Meghan can learn from royal mothers before her – from Queen Victoria through to Princess Diana and the most recent royal mum, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Timed to mark the upcoming birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Secrets Of The Royal Babies features interviews with historians, royal experts and insiders and explores unusual royal birthing traditions, how to cope with the domestic politics of life with a royal nanny and to how to juggle mothering with royal duties.
The documentary visits the Norland College nanny school in Bath, which is the go-to place for royal childcare, and Glamis Castle in Scotland, where young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret could escape the glare of the media and formality of the Royal Court. As well as uncovering the secrets of royal babies, the film also looks at how the newest royal mother is handling her own highly anticipated royal birth.
Secrets Of The Royal Babies was commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Factual Jo Clinton Davis and ITV’s Commissioning Editor for Factual Entertainment Nicola Lloyd. Spun Gold are producing, with Anabelle Marshall serving as director and producer. The executive producers are Bridget Boseley and Mira King. All3Media International will handle global sales.
“Meghan and Harry’s baby must be one of the most eagerly anticipated and talked about births of recent years anywhere in the world”, said Daniela Neumann, Managing Director of Spun Gold. “But what should the baby – and his or her parents expect as they prepare for their happy event? Secrets of the Royal Babies delves into history to give them – and us – the most informed clues.”