Diana Banned William And Harry's Nanny From Ever Contacting Them Again
From women's health
Princess Diana fired Prince William and Prince Harry's beloved nanny, Barbara "Baba" Barnes, because she believed Barnes had become "too possessive" with the Princes.
Barnes was reportedly prohibited from saying goodbye to William and Harry or from contacting them in any other way.
This emerges from the new royal biography Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacey.
In the new biography Battle of Brothers, royal historian Robert Lacey tells of a difficult experience from the early childhood of Prince William and Prince Harry, as Tatler reports. According to Lacey, Princess Diana dismissed the princes' beloved nanny, Barbara "Baba" Barnes, believing she was "too possessive" of the boys. Barnes was forbidden to say goodbye to the princes or to contact them in any way after their departure. "As for the boys, she's just vanished," writes Lacey.
When Barnes was hired, the historian writes, "she stood firm to maintain control". A Kensington Palace official said, "Barbara guarded the kindergarten like the Vatican ... It was her kingdom." Barnes, called "Baba" by William and Harry, became "a kind of surrogate mother" to them as they spent more and more time in their care and the nanny taught them "to walk, speak and read".
Barnes "also comforted them when they woke up crying at night" and went on to take the princes "on their own parentless" family "vacations - to Scotland and the Isles of Scilly - where she would set the daily agenda as a mother "But according to Lacey," less admiring observers felt that Barnes was becoming too possessive with 'her' boys, "an opinion Diana" shared ".
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The last straw for Diana was a trip Barnes took in 1986 "to attend the birthday party of her former employer, the always extravagant Lord Glenconner, on his Caribbean island of Mustique". There she was "photographed together with celebrities like Raquel Welch and Princess Margaret" - which particularly bothered Diana, who had the feeling that Barnes had "got beyond himself". When the nanny returned, Diana reportedly "brusquely informed her that it would be" better, "as she put it, for Barnes to leave."
And her departure was quick and brutal: Diana instructed "to pack the nanny's bags and remove all traces of her" and forbade her to say goodbye to William and Harry or even to "send them a postcard". From the prince's point of view, Lacey claims, Barnes was "just vanished into thin air".
For Lacey, the loss of Barnes had a formative effect on William and Harry. "After Diana's death in 1997, people began to see how well the two young princes responded to the unjust and unexpected removal of a mother figure from their lives - surprised, confused and distraught even though they were," he writes. The historian's theory: the sudden departure of their nanny meant that the princes already had "a little practice" at a loss.
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