Who were the women who brought up  Charles? They meant so much to the future ... trends now

Who were the women who brought up  Charles? They meant so much to the future ... trends now
Who were the women who brought up  Charles? They meant so much to the future ... trends now

Who were the women who brought up  Charles? They meant so much to the future ... trends now

Born into the isolated, world of royalty in the late forties little Prince Charles was entirely given over to the care of the royal nannies, who underpinned the whole system.

Throughout the centuries royal children have been brought up, not by their parents, but by the spinster daughters of working-class families.

It was, until relatively recently, these invaluable nannies and governesses - not royal mothers - who assumed responsibility for what child psychologists call the ‘nurturing and loving’ so essential to the emotional development of a child.

Their influence was considerable and long-lasting. On the evening he proposed to Lady Diana Spencer, he chose to do it in the nursery of Windsor Castle.

Bonnie Prince Charles, still less than one, is carried by Helen Lightbody at Ballater Station, Balmoral

Bonnie Prince Charles, still less than one, is carried by Helen Lightbody at Ballater Station, Balmoral

Prince Charles, now two, is with nurse Mabel Anderson in 1958

Prince Charles, now two, is with nurse Mabel Anderson in 1958

A month after Charles was born in November 1948, Scottish nanny Helen Lightbody, was employed to look after the infant Prince. 

Recommended to Princess Elizabeth by Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent, Helen along with nursery maid, Mabel Anderson who was the same age as the 22-year-old Princess, made up the Buckingham Palace nursery along with two nursery footmen and a maid .

The two nannies along with governess Miss Katherine Peebles who was hired five years later, were the bedrock of the Princes’ young life.

It was Nanny Lightbody – Charles called her Nana – who got him up in the morning and dressed him, just as Nanny Alah had once dressed Princess Elizabeth.

Nanny also slept in the same room as him and comforted him if he woke in the night.

As the eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth was being forced to assume more of her ailing father’s public duties and therefore had less time for her son. 

The situation only got worse when she ascended the throne and Charles and also his younger sister Anne’s upbringing was left to the nursery staff.

Naturally Charles adored his nanny. So much so that some eight years later she was asked to leave after a few to many disagreements with Prince Philip, who felt she showed too much preference to Charles over his sister, Anne.

Prince Charles, standing, with nanny Helen Lightbody by his side and cousin Prince Richard of Gloucester with his nanny. They are outside Clarence House in 1951

Prince Charles, standing, with nanny Helen Lightbody by his side and

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