Tiggy Legge-Bourke
British Royal Nanny
Tiggy Legge-Bourke
Alexandra Shân "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke MVO was nanny, later companion, to Prince William of Wales and his brother Prince Harry, and a personal assistant to Charles, Prince of Wales, between 1993 and 1999. Since her marriage she has been known as Tiggy Pettifer.
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April 05, 2010
Prince Harry greets Tiggy Legge- Bourke's mother Shan, Lord Lieutenant of Powys, as he arrives to meet army cadets training ahead of their taking part in the Special Cadet 150 Expedition in Lesotho.
June 04, 2005
Tiggy Legge Bourke Wedding of Rose Astor to Hugh Van Cutsem at Burford Church in Oxfordshire 6-4-2005 Photo By:jeff Spicer-alpha-Globe Photos, Inc 2005
June 29, 2003
Daniels/alpha/Globe Photos,inc. Sd06/29/2003 Prince Harry's Friend Tamara Drax (Related to Tiggy) and Tiggy Legge Bourke -Prince Harry Competing in a School Polo Match For Eton at Dallas Burston Polo Ground in Southam Warwickshire
May 24, 2001
Dave Benett/alpha/Globe Photo, Inc. Dm044232 5/23/2001 Tiggy Legge Bourke (Pregnant) -a Party to Celebrate 95 Years of the Ritz ,London
May 23, 2001
Dave Benett/alpha/Globe Photo, Inc. Dm044232 5/23/2001 Tiggy Legge Bourke (Pregnant) -a Party to Celebrate 95 Years of the Ritz ,London
February 27, 2001
Dave Benett_alpha Dm043426 27.02.2001 Tiggy Legge Bourke Says Hello to Bertie Way -the Party to Santa Montefiore (Palmer Tomkinson) New Book Under the Ombu Tree at the English Speaking Union, London
January 21, 2000
Dave Benett_alpha Dm043426 27.02.2001 Tiggy Legge Bourke Says Hello to Bertie Way -the Party to Santa Montefiore (Palmer Tomkinson) New Book Under the Ombu Tree at the English Speaking Union, London
July 11, 1999
Dave Benett/alpha/Globe Photos, Inc. C/n-m037050 11/07/99 Tiggy Legge Bourke & Zara Phillips at the Stewart Racing Team -the 1999 British Grand Prix Held at Silverstone Race Circuit
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Emma Jenner: The Royal Nanny: Choosing a Nanny Fit for a King
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Prince William and Kate Middleton's rumoured due date, 13 July, is fast approaching. Being a first-time parent is difficult for everyone, but with all their royal responsibilities, they'll likely need some extra help. Princes William and Harry were just the most recent in a long line of royal children cared for by full-time nannies. Their nannies Tiggy Legge-Bourke and Olga Powell made a famously big impact on the young princes. However, in a break with tradition, the Duke and Duchess announced that they do not plan to employ full-time help. Instead, they are reported to be considering Kate's mother Carole as a primary caretaker. (This will not surprise Americans; Michelle Obama's mother Marian has a suite in the White House and cares for Sasha and Malia.) Then again, the couple famously planned ('insisted', as some sources have it!) on having no staff to help them keep house as newlyweds. Kate was seen grocery shopping and casually running errands, and Prince Wil ...
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Emma Jenner: A Letter to William and Kate
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Dear William and Kate, Congratulations! The whole world is celebrating with you as you prepare for the birth of your first child. How amazing to see pictures of the international press gathered outside the duchess's room at King Edward VII Hospital. Already, the two of you are on a pedestal, looked to as models for handling a pregnancy. Soon, the international throngs will also be scrutinizing your every move as parents: How you hold your children, how you dress them, where you take them for fun. I imagine you will hire a nanny, or several. We English know that there is absolutely no shame in this. Our culture regards childrearing as a noble and complex profession, and our nannies are the stuff of legend, commanding salaries of up to $250,000 abroad. I remember, William, how close you were to your own nannies, particularly Tiggy Legge-Bourke. I am an English nanny myself, with 17 years of experience caring for families in England and America. In fact, I had my o ...
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Prince Harry turns out for Tiggy's boy at musical on life of King Arthur
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Prince Harry, currently on leave from RAF Wattisham, attended the end-of-term school play of his nanny's - Tiggy Legge-Bourke - eldest son, Fred, who is Harry’s godson.
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Acum 15 ani era pronunţat divorţul dintre Prinţul Charles şi Diana - Libertatea
Google News - over 5 years
Între timp au apărut zvonuri despre o altă iubire a Prinţului, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, care ar fi pierdut o sarcină apărută în urma relaţiei cu acesta. Cum scandalul prindea o amploare uriaşă, regina Elisabeta sa hotărât, ca şef al casei regale,
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Mother rides BE90 after 30 years out of the saddle - Horse & Hound Online
Google News - over 5 years
"The most nerve-racking part was the cross-country," said Iona, who is the sister-in-law of Tiggy Legge-Bourke, former nanny to Princes William and Harry. "I rode up to the age of 12, but my pony Ginger didn't like jumping so I never competed or went
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HOW PAUL BURRELL REVEALED NOTE TO HIM - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car, brake failure and serious head injury in order to make the path clear for him to marry Tiggy (Legge Bourke, their son's nanny). Camilla is nothing but a decoy, so we are all being used by one man in every
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Gwyneth Paltrow's great expectations - Ottawa Citizen
Google News - over 5 years
Even Diana, Princess of Wales, reputedly insisted that Tiggy Legge-Bourke, the princes' nanny, “be treated as a servant and not one of the family.” And so we return to Gwyneth. I am fairly confident about my childraising abilities (I haven't mislaid,
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Mary Poppins wouldn't meet Gwyneth's great expectations - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Even Diana, Princess of Wales reputedly insisted that Tiggy Legge-Bourke, the princes' nanny, “be treated as a servant and not one of the family”. And so we return to Gwyneth. I am fairly confident about my childraising abilities (I haven't mislaid,
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Para los infieles, más que una empleada - Tiempo.hn
Google News - almost 6 years
Las escapatorias románticas de Carlos mientras estuvo casado con Lady Di son legendarias y una de ellas, que nunca se ha aclarado, envuelve a quien fuera la niñera de sus hijos, Guillermo y Enrique, Tiggy Legge-Bourke, quien habría sido señalada por la
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Andrew Morton: 'Catherine and Pippa Are Very Competitive' - PopEater
Google News - almost 6 years
I think it's interesting that William and Harry have remained so close to their old nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke who their mother despised. (Tiggy's son Tom Pettifer was a page boy at the wedding). Absolutely. She accused Tiggy of having an affair with
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PRINCE WILLIAM: THE REAL PARTY PRINCE (SAYS NORMAN) - Express.co.uk
Google News - almost 6 years
Norman got on well with the Princes' nanny Alexandra “Tiggy” Legge-Bourke whose five-year-old son Tom was a page boy at William and Kate's wedding. It was at her Notting Hill nursery school Mrs Tiggy-Winkles (from which she earned her nickname) that he
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NOTICED; A Royal Crush
NYTimes - about 18 years
IN a short story serialized on the Internet this month, Prince William, the 16-year-old heir to England's throne, has just rushed to the side of his injured girlfriend, Hannah, who lies in a hospital bed, enmeshed in a network of life-support tubes. Upon seeing her helpless and inert, the Prince can only stare. ''He had still not shed a tear,''
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 19 years
In his first official tour since the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, 13-year-old PRINCE HARRY will accompany his father on a trip to South Africa at the end of the month and will attend a Spice Girls concert, The Evening Standard of London reported yesterday. PRINCE CHARLES and his younger son will visit South Africa at the
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House of Windsor Finds Itself Caught in a Growing Clamor for Change
NYTimes - over 19 years
The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, has focused public attention on her criticisms of the royal family and confronted the 160-year-old House of Windsor with a national clamor for change. Calls upon Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles to rebuild the monarchy's lapsed prestige by following her example of openness and accessibility are growing as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tiggy Legge-Bourke
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 45
    Tom participated in the royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine "Kate" Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29 April 2011, as one of two page boys.
    More Details Hide Details In recent years, Tiggy has developed a farmhouse bed and breakfast business at Ty'r Chanter, near Crickhowell on the Glanusk estate, billed as 'The Tiggy Experience'.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    In December 2007, witnesses at the inquest were questioned about a letter to Paul Burrell from the Princess dating from October 1993, of which only redacted versions had previously been public.
    More Details Hide Details In this letter, the Princess of Wales had written: On 7 January 2008, Diana's friend Rodney Turner, giving evidence to the inquest, described his shock at seeing the contents of Diana's letter to Burrell, but on 15 January 2008, Maggie Rea, a lawyer in the firm headed by Lord Mishcon (who died in January 2006), gave evidence to the inquest about Diana's fears to much the same effect as the letter, based on a note Mishcon had left on his file and on a meeting Rea and a colleague had had with Mishcon in October 1995. In what is called 'the Mishcon note', which dates from 1995, Diana forecast that in 1996 the Queen would abdicate, the Prince of Wales would discard Parker-Bowles in favour of Legge-Bourke, and that she would herself die in a planned road crash. Before he died, Mishcon copied the note to the Metropolitan Police, who took no action on it.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    When telephoned by the Daily Mail on 15 December 2006, Legge-Bourke replied "I am not going to talk to you.
    More Details Hide Details Happy Christmas!" As journalists digested Lord Stevens's report, they looked with a fresh eye at the conspiracy theories the report had demolished and tried to construct another out of Charles's supposed love for Legge-Bourke. The story resurfaced again when the British inquest into the deaths of Diana and Dodi Fayed began at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 2 October 2007, headed by Lord Justice Scott Baker sitting as a coroner. On 6 October 2007, the judge was reported as telling the court that in the evidence of Lord Mishcon, Diana's solicitor, Diana had told him that "Camilla was not really Charles's lover, but a decoy for his real favourite, the nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke".
    In November 2006, the Prince of Wales was reported to be a regular visitor to Tiggy and her family in Powys. It appears that any breach with Camilla has been made up, as Tiggy and Charles Pettifer were two of the one hundred and fifty guests invited to Camilla's sixtieth birthday party on 21 July 2007. Tiggy Pettifer also attended the service of thanksgiving for the sixtieth anniversary of the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on 19 November 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Under the name "Alexander Shân (Mrs Pettifer)", Tiggy was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in the New Year Honours List of 2001. Legge-Bourke was reported in 1994 to be fond of fly fishing and long walks in the country. She is a cousin of the public relations executive and television personality Eleanor Legge-Bourke, a contestant of Nice People in 2003, which is a French Television version of the show Big Brother. Eleanor is the daughter of Heneage Legge-Bourke, the younger brother of Tiggy Legge-Bourke's father. Sources for family tree:
    In April 2006, she attended the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst for Prince Harry's passing out as an officer of the Blues and Royals.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    In 2005, she spoke out against the Prince of Wales's aide Michael Fawcett, claiming that many holders of royal warrants were afraid to assist with an inquiry in 2003 by Sir Michael Peat into allegations against Fawcett.
    More Details Hide Details She said: "None came forward because no one could guarantee Michael would go. He resigned, then four days later he was back. Everybody was concerned that if you spoke out against him, he could get rid of you."
  • 2003
    Age 37
    She married secondly in 2003 (as his 2nd wife) Angus Gordon-Lennox, of the dukes of Richmond, and now lives at Gordon Castle. (Her husband Richard Drax MP remarried twice, and has had two more children.)
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  • 1999
    Age 33
    Legge-Bourke claimed that the attention of the paparazzi prevented her from finding a partner, but in October 1999 she married Charles Pettifer, a former Coldstream Guards officer, with two sons from a previous marriage, commenting to the press "He is magic".
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    She finally retired from the Prince of Wales's service when she married in October 1999. On 9 December 1992, John Major announced in the House of Commons that Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales, were to separate but had no plans to divorce.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Diana was convinced that Charles loved only Camilla Parker-Bowles.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    On 18 July 1997, while out of Charles's service, she attended the fiftieth birthday party he threw for Camilla Parker Bowles in Gloucestershire.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Tiggy and her friends Frankie Moss and Edward Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax took William and Harry on a ten-day safari to Botswana, visiting the Moremi Game Reserve and the Okavango Delta.
    The press predicted time and again that Tiggy was about to be sacked, but this never happened. Early in 1997, she resigned, but she returned to the royal household only a few months later.
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    Until May 1997, Pettifer was company secretary and a director of Unique Security Consultants Ltd., providing former SAS officers as bodyguards.
    More Details Hide Details He then became chief executive of Rapport Research and Analysis Ltd, supplying companies with former SAS officers for protection work. The Pettifers now have two sons, Fred, born in 2001, and Tom, born on 23 September 2002. Prince Harry is a godfather for their elder son, Fred. Prince William is reported to be the godfather for Tom.
  • 1996
    Age 30
    In February 1996, newspapers published a letter from Diana to Charles in which she asked that "Miss Legge-Bourke not spend unnecessary time in the children's rooms... read to them at night, nor supervise their bathtime." Charles and Diana's divorce was made absolute on 28 August 1996.
    More Details Hide Details One year later, Diana died with Dodi Fayed in a road accident in Paris on 31 August 1997. Much later, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington headed Operation Paget, an inquiry into the deaths which reported its findings on 14 December 2006. According to the report, Diana feared that both she and Camilla Parker Bowles were the victims of a plot intended to make it possible for the Prince of Wales to marry a third woman. The Daily Mail immediately reported that the third woman was Legge-Bourke.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    On 18 December 1995, Legge-Bourke, with the Queen's agreement, instructed the libel lawyer Peter Carter-Ruck to write to Diana's solicitors demanding an apology, asking that the accusation be "recognized to be totally untrue". No apology was received, but Legge-Bourke's lawyers circulated a letter to the news media to warn against publication. On 20 December 1995, it was reported that the Queen had asked Charles and Diana to consider "an early divorce". On 22 January 1996, shortly before the story of the unfounded abortion allegation was published, Diana's private secretary Patrick Jephson resigned, as did his assistant Nicole Cockell the next day.
    More Details Hide Details Jephson later wrote that Diana had "exulted in accusing Legge-Bourke of having had an abortion". Jealous of her sons' affection for the woman who cared for them, Diana became more hostile towards Legge-Bourke, asking that she leave the room while Diana was talking to her sons on the telephone.
    It was reported that words had been exchanged between Diana and Legge-Bourke on the matter at a party on 14 December 1995, when Diana had said to her "So sorry about the baby", and an "informed source" was quoted as saying "The Queen was absolutely furious and totally in sympathy with Tiggy."
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    Early in 1995, the Prince of Wales was reported to have kissed Legge-Bourke on a ski slope at Klosters.
    More Details Hide Details In June of the same year, a press photographer took a picture of Charles kissing Legge-Bourke on the cheek at a sports day at Prince Harry's Ludgrove School. Asked to comment, the Office of the Prince of Wales said this was a natural display of affection towards a woman the prince had known since childhood. Legge-Bourke later admitted having had a "schoolgirl crush" on Charles, who had been a frequent visitor to her family's estate. As rumours of an affair mounted, Legge-Bourke said that she "shrugged them off as the price I must pay for working for the Prince of Wales". Diana's biographer Lady Colin Campbell commented that "Charles is only interested in her as an uncle is interested in a younger niece". On 20 November 1995, a sensational interview with the Princess of Wales was broadcast by the BBC. The strife between Charles and Diana became public as never before, and Diana's famous "there were three of us in this marriage" undoubtedly referred to Parker-Bowles. There was no mention of Legge-Bourke. However, on 24 January 1996, newspapers named Diana as the source of an untrue rumour circulated in November and December 1995 that Legge-Bourke had become pregnant by Charles and had had an abortion.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    On 3 December 1993, Diana announced that she had decided to withdraw from public life.
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    As early as October 1993, Diana was writing to Paul Burrell that she believed her husband was now in love with Legge-Bourke and wanted to marry her.
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    In 1993, shortly after Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife had separated, Charles hired Legge-Bourke as nanny to their two sons.
    More Details Hide Details She had first joined the prince's staff as an assistant to his private secretary, Richard Aylard. As the royal nanny, she soon began to make headlines. Early controversy came when she said scornfully of the Princess of Wales's attitude towards her sons: "I give them what they need at this stage, fresh air, a rifle and a horse. She gives them a tennis racket and a bucket of popcorn at the movies". It was also considered to be a gaffe when Tiggy referred to William and Harry as "my babies". She often went with the princes on holidays. A heavy smoker, she was said to be able to smoke even while skiing, and was criticized by Diana for smoking near her sons. In 1996, at the age of thirteen, Prince William, avoiding a difficult choice, asked both of his parents not to attend Eton’s Fourth of June celebrations, the high point of the school's year. However, they were both reported to be taken aback when he invited Legge-Bourke to attend in their place.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    He thus became step-grandfather to the Legge-Bourke children until his death in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving school, Legge-Bourke took a nursery teacher training course at the St Nicholas Montessori Centre in London. She then taught for a year in Balham before leaving to set up her own nursery school in Battersea, called Mrs Tiggywinkle's.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 19
    In 1985 Zara (b. 1966) was married to Captain Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details They had two daughters.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 6
    Legge-Bourke's brother Harry, born in 1972, was a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II between 1985 and 1987 and became an officer in the Welsh Guards. He married Iona Maclean in 2000, and had issue one son (Lachlan or Lochy, b. 2003, now a Page of Honour like his father, great-uncle and great-grandfather) and one daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Lachlan was part of the Queen's entourage at the 2016 State Opening of Parliament.
  • 1966
    Age 0
    In 1966, Legge-Bourke's grandmother Margaret Glenusk, widowed in 1948, married secondly William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle, who had been Governor-General of Australia from 1961 until 1965.
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  • 1965
    Born
    Born on April 1, 1965.
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