Prince William & Harry's nanny had bizarre rules which 'banned them from having everyday items all kids lov...

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PRINCE William and Prince Harry's nanny banned them from having comfort blankets and wearing trainers, a royal author has claimed. Shortly after Princess Diana had given birth to William, Prince Ch…
PRINCE William and Prince Harry's nanny banned them from having comfort blankets and wearing trainers, a royal author has claimed.

Shortly after Princess Diana had given birth to William, Prince Charles felt his wife "needed a nanny" and employed Barbara Barnes to help.

4 Prince William and Prince Harry's nanny Barbara Barnes banned them from blankets and trainers, claims biographer Robert Lacey Credit: Getty - Contributor

4 Prince William waves to the crowd as he leaves the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital, London, with his nanny Barbara Barnes after Harry was born Credit: PA:Press Association

Barbara, aged 42 at the time, was the daughter of a Norfolk forestry worker, and had been recommended by Princess Margaret's lady-in-waiting, Anne Glenconner.

Unlike Kate Middleton and Prince William's Norland-trained nanny, Maria Borrello, Barbara did not wear a nanny hat or uniform.

According to Robert Lacey's biography, Battle of Brothers, Nanny Barnes was strict with both Kensington Palace staff and the young princes.

He wrote: "Barnes was equally firm with the children, not allowing them comfort blankets and refusing them shoes until they had learned to walk properly.

"When they did get their first footwear, Nanny insisted…
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