They have been central to royal children’s lives for decades and with both William and Harry having nannies for their own offspring, it seems the tradition will continue.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nanny was with them as they holidayed with baby Archie at Elton John’s house in the south of France, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have a Norland-trained nanny who looks after Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
But while they may both have chosen to appoint nannies - as they had as children growing up - William and Harry appear to have different views when it comes to some aspects of the job, like uniform.
While the Cambridges’ nanny wears the uniform denoting the college she trained at while on official duties, royal commentator Omid Scobie tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box’ that when searching for their own nanny for Archie, Prince Harry had 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,” he says.
Harry and Meghan are reportedly already on 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.
But royal commentator 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.”
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, Arbiter adds.
“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.
“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.”