Touching photos from Princess Diana’s days as a nanny, in which the late royal can be seen caring for the son of a private client, have recently resurfaced.
- Princess Diana’s private nanny job photos have recently resurfaced, showing the late royal at what was reportedly the “happiest time of her life”.
- Princess Diana held a job as a private nanny to an affluent family alongside her teaching assistant position at a London nursery school.
- In other royal news, this is how Princess Diana totally embarrassed Prince William on his birthday.
Princess Diana may have been a descendant of British nobility, but that didn’t stop her from holding down a regular job.
The late royal, whose fondness for children went on to become a trademark of her public persona, worked as a teaching assistant in a high-end London nursery school before she married Prince Charles in 1981.
She landed the childcare role after returning from a Swiss finishing school in 1978 and worked there part-time while sharing an apartment with three roommates. The residence in Earl’s Court, London, famously became known as the flat Princess Diana was ‘happiest’ in, with many insiders claiming her teaching job was fundamental to the late royal’s happiness.
But contrary to popular opinion, her nursery post wasn’t the only responsibility Diana had. The teenager also worked as a private nanny for an American family, taking care of a little boy two days a week after she had wrapped up her shift at the preschool.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, she would mind Patrick Robertson, the son of an oil executive from the US. Photos of Diana pushing the toddler in his stroller have recently resurfaced, giving fans a rare glimpse into the late royal’s life before she became a global superstar.
Diana was reportedly paid £5 an hour by the parents, who initially had no idea they had hired an aristocratic young woman.
“We never knew until much later on that she had a title or personal wealth,” the boy’s mother, Mary Robertson, revealed years later. “She just came along as a normal part-time nanny.”
It was only when Mary discovered a deposit slip addressed to Diana that she realized the truth behind her nanny’s identity.
“It said ‘Lady Diana Spencer’, and it was deposited to Coutts & Co, and because I worked in finance, I knew that Coutts was the bank of the aristocracy and the Royal family,” she said.
Despite her lofty title, Diana had no airs or graces about her. She happily performed her duties as a nanny, which including washing dishes and loading laundry, as well as feeding and playing with Patrick. When Mary mentioned Diana’s background to her, she didn’t even seem to think it was important.
Of course, Diana’s time with the Robertsons was cut short once she became engaged to Prince Charles. The family said their goodbyes to the soon-to-be royal bride, and sadly never met her again face-to-face. Diana did, however, keep in touch with her former employer through letters, in which she remained as “friendly and unpretentious” as ever.
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