Royal nannies have been a cornerstone of British prince and princess’ childhoods, and it’s a tradition that both William and Harry have participated in and passed down to their own kids.
But there’s a key difference between the type of carers the brothers have selected for their young broods, and it comes down to what the nannies wear.
Harry vs. Will
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted for a prim and proper Norland-trained nanny - known for their distinctive brown and beige uniform - to look after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Harry and his wife Meghan took a slightly different route.
When searching for their own nanny for three-month-old Archie, the Duke of Sussex reportedly ruled out any kind of uniform.
“One of the things that Harry said was, ‘I don’t want a woman in a uniform around my child. This isn’t Mary Poppins, we’re going to have a normal household,” royal commentator Omid Scobie told Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’.
Norland nannies like Maria Theresa, who’s in charge of the Cambridge kids, must wear the uniform denoting the college they trained at while on official duties.
The Sussex’s nanny woes
Despite appearing to put a lot of thought into selecting the person to care for their firstborn, new parents Harry and Meghan haven’t had a good run when it comes to nannies.
The royal pair are reportedly already onto their third nanny for baby Archie, with rumours that the first person to take the role didn’t work out and the second was actually a night nurse.
Archie’s third nanny is said to have accompanied them on a recent holiday at Sir Elton John’s $27 million luxury villa in the south of France.
But Omid points out that finding the right person to fill the role of royal nanny is a tough decision.
“A royal nanny is about the most intimate position you can have in working for the Royal family because they are there for everything, at the centre of the family.
“William and Harry stayed closed to all their nannies.”
What it takes to be a royal nanny
The right person needs to be both discreet and able to maintain their distance, whilst also putting their charges at the centre of their own life.
“When you become a royal nanny you are for all intents and purposes giving up your own existence. The nannies that looked after William and Harry were either widows or never married, the same with the Queen’s nannies,” Omid said.
“So there is as well trying to find the right person who is going to fit the mould, be discreet, who will put your child’s wellbeing at the centre of their existence but be happy to give up a huge part of their own life.”
Additional reporting by Ellen Manning.
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