Britain's Prince Harry talks to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance
Britain's Prince Harry talks to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance

Meghan meets Harry’s fave nanny

PRINCE Harry has secretly taken Meghan Markle to meet his beloved ex-nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke.

According to The Sun, the royal bride-to-be, 36, instantly hit it off with the woman who became his stand-in mum after Princess Diana's death.

A source said last night: "Harry couldn't wait to introduce Meghan to Tiggy.

"Although the two women are very different, they got on famously."

Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles with Tiggy Legge-Bourke in 1994. Picture: Supplied
Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Charles with Tiggy Legge-Bourke in 1994. Picture: Supplied

Harry was 12 when it was broken to him at Balmoral that his mum, who had split from dad Charles, had died in a Paris car crash.

Tiggy was at Balmoral and was the one he and brother Prince William turned to for comfort.

The source confirmed: "She's a very significant person in Harry's life, almost like a mother-figure, as she looked after Harry when Princess Diana died."

The Prince, 33, is believed to have taken his actress fiancee to meet her after the couple visited Cardiff last Thursday.

His ex-nanny, now 52, lives 50 kilometres away on the sprawling Glanusk Estate, which is owned by her wealthy family.

It is just an hour's drive from the Cardiff suburb where the couple had the last of a series of public engagements, in which Ms Markle had a group hug with school kids and sent royal watchers into a frenzy.

She became Tiggy Pettifer following her 1999 marriage two years after Diana's death.

Harry is godfather to her son Fred.

WHO IS TIGGY LEGGE-BOURKE?

Tiggy was hired by Prince Charles in 1993 after his split from Diana - and soon made headlines. The new nanny upset the Princess by referring to Wills and Harry as "my babies".

Diana was also unhappy at the heavy smoker lighting up cigarettes near her sons.

Prince Charles pictured with Tiggy Legge-Bourke in Switzerland in 1996. Picture: Supplied
Prince Charles pictured with Tiggy Legge-Bourke in Switzerland in 1996. Picture: Supplied

Tiggy continued to be dogged by controversy even after Diana's death in 1997.

She was accused of letting the princes abseil down a 40-metre dam without proper safety equipment in 1998. A palace investigation was launched, but Tiggy reportedly kept her job because the boys were so fond of her.

Princes William and Harry were said to be extremely close to their nanny. Picture: Supplied
Princes William and Harry were said to be extremely close to their nanny. Picture: Supplied

 

This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.


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