Prince William being led away by his nanny, Jessie Webb, at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, Berkshire, England, Great Britain, 19th May 1990. Photo: Getty Images
Today in adorable royal baby news, it has been reported that Prince William has asked his former nanny, to come out of retirement to help himself and Kate to look after baby Prince George.
Jessie Webb, now 71, was hired when William was 7 and cared for the young Windsor princes while their parents were going through a very messy and public divorce.
With William back at work as an RAF pilot, Kate has been staying with her parents for support. However she is said to be keen to secure a full-time-nanny to assist the family once she returns to royal duties.
We love this recollection from Royal chef Carolyn Robb of the games of hide and seek William and Harry would play at Kensington palace. “They used the kitchen to hide from Jessie. We would hear her footsteps stomping about in the nursery which was a floor above the kitchen. The boys would hide in the kitchen cupboard.”
Jessie has been variously described as being ‘tough’ and ‘kind’ with a ‘terrific sense of humour’. She nannied for the boys for five years before Diana let her go for unknown reasons.
Charles then hired the young and glamorous Tiggy-Legge Bourke to care for his sons, much to the ire of Princess Diana, who believed that Tiggy and Prince Charles were in love.
William seems to have stayed close to both women - Jessie was a guest at his infamous 21st birthday party at Windsor Castle and at his wedding to Kate. Tiggy Legge-Bourke also attened the royal wedding, and her son Tom served as a page boy.
The Mirror reports that Jessie is flattered by the offer and is considering whether she wants to return to full-time work.
We’re sure that George will end up in safe hands.