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‘Jealous’ Princess Diana was ‘unhappy about relationship’ Prince William had with his nanny Barbara Barnes – who was later sacked

New documentary In Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm reveals the young prince grew increasingly attached to his nanny

WHEN Princess Diana became a mother, she was determined to be a hands-on parent and have a close bond with her sons.

And according to a new Amazon Prime documentary, Diana grew upset and jealous of Prince William’s nanny in the early years of his life.

 Princess Diana is said to have grown jealous of Prince William's nanny, who he was very close with
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Princess Diana is said to have grown jealous of Prince William's nanny, who he was very close with

In Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm, it is revealed that the young prince grew increasingly attached to his nanny.

Narrator Katie Nicholl, Vanity Fair's Royal Correspondent, says in the show: "The Princess was persuaded to hire royal nanny Barbara Barnes and took it badly when William ended up adoring her."

She revealed that Prince William would climb into Barbara’s bed before breakfast every morning.

Katie continued: “There was a side of Diana that was rather jealous of the nannies and the relationships that they subsequently struck up with the children.”

 Nanny Barbara Barnes was hired to look after Prince William from a young age
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Nanny Barbara Barnes was hired to look after Prince William from a young age
 Barbara was sacked when Prince William was just four years old, but the pair remained close
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Barbara was sacked when Prince William was just four years old, but the pair remained close

The royal expert said that Princess Diana was also particularly keen to “raise and feed her babies herself."

According to the programme, the popular nanny was sacked when Prince William was just four years old, but the pair did maintain their bond over the years.

When Prince William tied the knot with Kate Middleton in 2011, Barbara was added to his personal wedding guest list.

 Princess Diana was desperate to be a hands-on mum and preferred to spend quality time at home with her boys Prince William and Prince Harry on a Saturday night
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Princess Diana was desperate to be a hands-on mum and preferred to spend quality time at home with her boys Prince William and Prince Harry on a Saturday night
 Nanny Barbara Barnes carries Prince William off a plane in 1983, at the end of the Royal Tour of Australia
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Nanny Barbara Barnes carries Prince William off a plane in 1983, at the end of the Royal Tour of Australia

After Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated, the royal mum was also said to have loathed the nanny hired by Charles to help look after Prince William and Prince Harry.

Alexandra 'Tiggy' Pettifer ended up playing a special role in the boys’ lives, being hired from 1993 to 1999, which was an important time following their mother Diana's death in 1997.

She had a controversial stint as a nanny, and often made headlines where tension between her and Princess Diana was apparent, with Alexandra once referring to Harry and William as 'my babies'.

The nanny often went on holidays abroad with the princes, and William once asked her to attend his July 4 celebrations at Eton School in place of his parents.

 Former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now known as Tiggy Pettifer, as is still very close to the princes despite her resigning in 1999
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Former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke, now known as Tiggy Pettifer, as is still very close to the princes despite her resigning in 1999
 Prince Harry talks to Tiggy after the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 2006
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Prince Harry talks to Tiggy after the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 2006

The princes' adoration of Tiggy has often saved her reputation, and they remain close to this day, with Harry recently introducing Tiggy to Meghan during a trip to Cardiff.

When she was alive, Princess Diana desperately wanted her boys to have a normal upbringing.

Diana would take them to McDonald’s, where they’d select their favourite order – Big Macs and chips.

Then they’d head back to the palace to watch the TV classic Blind Date, and sit on a giant stuffed hippopotamus that Diana had in her lounge.

We also shared breathtaking photos of Princess Diana’s grave site at childhood home on funeral anniversary.

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