Diana broke the mould of parenting as a royal as she frequently spent a lot of time with William and Harry instead of leaving them with a nanny. While known for her practical jokes, she took her sons to school as well as theme parks. The change in the dynamic of parenting royals has sparked Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and William to have their own parenting style and involve themselves more in their children’s lives. But Diana reportedly had nannies for fired for getting too close to William and Harry, according to royal historian Louise Heren.
Speaking to Yahoo’s Royal Box, Ms Heren said: “Some nannies do spill the beans. Nannies are sometimes sacked for inappropriate behaviour, getting too close to the children.
“A couple of the nannies that Princes William and Harry had the rumour is that they got too close.
“That close bond between the children and the nanny when it extends into adulthood can go as far as we’ve recently seen.”
Royal expert, Victoria Arbiter, added: “A royal nanny is about the most intimate position you can have in working for the royal family because they’re there for everything at the centre of the family.
“William and Harry stayed close to all their nannies.”
She noted: “The thing that’s tricky too is when you become a royal nanny you are somewhat giving up your own existence.
“The nannies that looked after William and Harry were either widows or never married so there is as well trying to find the right person who is going to fit the mould, who will be discreet.
“Also who will put your child’s wellbeing at the centre of their existence but is also happy to give up a huge part of their own life.”
Earlier in the show Ms Heren explained: “Nannies very much started out as untrained women who would be working in the nursery.
“Some might be governesses so there is a tutoring element to it but a pure nanny was there to look after the children on a day to day basis and in 1892, Emily Ward was the founder of Norland college.
“She said these families need educated young women trained properly in the care of babies and small children. The Cambridges currently have a Norland nanny, Nanny Maria and she is the first Norlander to work with a direct descendant of the crown.
“There are very few trained nannies who wear uniform. She wears it on public events, we will never know if she chose to wear her uniform or if she’s been asked to.”
The revelation comes as she nicknamed Harry, Good King Harry because she thought he was better equipped for the role than William.
In the Channel 5 programme William & Harry: Princes At War? Royal correspondent, Robert Jobson, said: “She used to refer to Harry as GKH (Good King Harry) because she thought he’d probably be better equipped for the role in the future than William.”
However before her death in 1997, Diana never publicly confirmed what she thought was right for William’s future.
When she was asked if the title of King should go directly to William during a Panorama interview, Diana said: “Well, then you have to see that William’s very young at the moment, so do you want a burden like that to be put on his shoulders at such an age? So I can’t answer that question.”