PRINCESS DIANA dismissed Prince William and Prince Harry’s nanny who was not allowed to say goodbye to the boys, according to a new royal book.
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Battle of Brothers by respected royal biographer Robert Lacey claims Barbara Barnes, who William and Harry called Baba, acted as a “surrogate mother” to the boys due to Diana’s health concerns, humanitarian commitments and social life. The nanny taught them to walk, talk and read, according to the book.
But she was later dismissed without being allowed to say goodbye, Battle of Brothers claims.
The book, serialised in the Daily Mail, says Ms Barnes “spent more and more time” with William and Harry but “less admiring observers felt that Barnes was getting too possessive with ‘her’ boys and the princess came to share that suspicion”.
Diana dismissed the nanny after deciding she had got “above herself” when she attended Lord Glenconner’s birthday party on his Caribbean island of Mustique in 1986, according to the book.
Ms Barnes was not allowed to “say the slightest word of farewell” to the boys and was “forbidden even to send them a postcard”, Battle of Brothers claims.
Diana dismissed William and Harry’s nanny who was not allowed to say goodbye, book claims (Image: GETTY)
Battle of Brothers claims Barbara Barnes, who William and Harry called Baba, acted as a “surrogate mother” to the boys (Image: GETTY)
The book adds: “Following the death of Diana in 1997, people remarked on how well the two young princes reacted to the unjust and unexpected removal of a mother figure from their lives – surprised, bewildered and distraught though they were.
“In fact, ten years earlier, they’d had a little practice.”
Battle of Brothers, which is released on October 15, makes fresh claims about William, Harry and the Royal Family.
Ms Barnes pictured with a baby Harry (Image: GETTY)
Harry saw similarities between Meghan Markle and his mother after first meeting the Suits star who would go on to become his future wife, according to the book.
He recognised the “quirks and originalities” that made Meghan a “similar character” to Diana, while she also “fought her battles” with the same “anti-royal qualities”, the book claims.
William and Harry were just 15 and 12 when Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Ms Barnes carries a young William (Image: GETTY)
Battle of Brothers makes fresh claims about William, Harry and the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
Diana and Prince Charles divorced the year before her tragic death, after splitting in 1992.
William and Harry have commissioned a statue to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death.
The installation by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, which has been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be unveiled in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace on July 1 next year.
The date would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
It is hoped the project will bring William and Harry closer together.
The brothers have faced ongoing rumours of an alleged rift amid the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the Royal Family.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK