In our tiny peasant minds there is only one person who could possibly hold the title of royal nanny, and that person is Mary Poppins.
Surely she’s the only person the Queen would let anywhere near children of the bloodline, right?
Well, while the person tasked with looking after Prince George and Princess Charlotte is not Mary Poppins (because she’s not… real), there is a specific type of very special childcare professional the royal family has opted for over the years; a Norland nanny. Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, George and Charlotte’s beloved nanny, is of course of the Norland variety.
For over a century, Norland nannies have been the child minders of choice for the rich and famous, including none other than the royal family – which means Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will likely soon be clients. Or maybe that is yet another royal tradition Meghan is set to buck?
Here’s what we know about Norland nannies:
1. They attend a very fancy college in Bath.
Founded by Emily Ward in 1892, the prestigious Norland College offers a structured system based on the principles of German educationalist Froebel, helping children develop from a young age.
Here, aspiring Royal nannies learn a number of traditional nannying techniques including ways to incorporate scent and touch, as well as how to be resourceful to keep kids entertained.
The world’s most elite nanny training school isn’t just for women, either, with the first two male nannies, or “mannies”, graduating last year.