Royal Nannies - past and present
Most royal children have had a nanny, nursery governess or caregiver who's helped with their upbringing. Nannytax has taken a stroll down royal nanny memory lane to look at 5 of the most renowned nannies employed by the British Royal Family!
Marion was a trained teacher hired by the Queen’s Mother as nursery governess in 1932. Nicknamed 'Crawfie' by the Queen and Princess Margaret, the two sisters became extremely close to her and she even lived rent-free in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace after retirement. However, her relationship with the royal family ended abruptly when she wrote a newspaper article about her royal employers followed by a book 'The Little Princesses'. Her betrayal as a servant in the royal household who broke confidentiality saw her banished from royal circles and forced to move back to Scotland.
Employed by the royal family from 1949 to 1981, the Queen first enlisted the help of Mabel when Prince Charles was a baby. During this time, she worked up to six nights a week as the Queen is said to have loved spending time with her children during ‘Mabel’s night off’. Charles once referred to his nanny Mabel as 'a haven of security’ and in 2010 the Queen personally invited her on the Hebridean Princess, for her summer cruise around the Western Isles.
Although one of the sternest royal nannies, Nanny Olga Powell has often been credited by Prince William for giving him emotional support when he started boarding school and during times his parents went away. He paid his respects to his beloved childhood-nanny by attending her funeral in 2012.
Tiggy (real name Alexandra) was hired by Prince Charles as a Personal Assistant but also a nanny to William and Harry after his separation from Diana. Tiggy was labelled as more of a big sister than a nanny - often pictured having a lot of fun with the young princes but often accused with errors of judgement - allowing the boys to abseil without helmets and safety lines was the most serious. Despite this, both brothers adored Tiggy - her son Tom played a part in William and Kate's wedding whilst Harry took Meghan to meet her personally in her home city of Cardiff before their big day.
Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo
A Norland-trained nanny of Spanish heritage and one of the most famous royal nannies to date, Maria works full-time for Prince William and Kate looking after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Cambridge children are thought to be enjoying an outdoorsy upbringing with gardening, dog walks and bike rides in the mix. Maria can sometimes be identified by her distinctive Norland brown uniform but this is only worn to official affairs like a Royal Christening. Norland nannies employed by the Palace such as Nanny Maria are required to have a wealth of experience under their belts – at least 10! Dubbed 'Mary Poppins-meets-James Bond', her background has taught her everything from defensive driving to security issues - making her the perfect nanny for an heir to the throne.
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