When the Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex christened their son Archie last summer, the identities of just one of his godparents made public. At the time, Harry’s friend Charlie van Straubenzee was named godfather.
However, The Sunday Times is now revealing the names of baby Archie’s other godparents, one of whom is Harry’s former nanny.
The Times reports that one of Archie’s godparents is Tiggy Pettifer (formerly Tiggy Legge-Bourke), who was nanny to Harry and his brother, Prince William.
Pettifer, 54, took care of the princes from 1993 and 1999, when she “became something of a mother figure” to the boys after the 1997 death of their mother, Princess Diana.
“She remains close to both Harry and William, who are godfathers to her own sons Fred and Tom,” notes the Times. “She left the royal household to marry a former Coldstream Guards officer, Charles Pettifer, and was photographed in Windsor on the day of Archie’s christening.”
The other godparent is Mark Dyer, described as “a former equerry to the Prince of Wales who became a mentor and close friend to Charles’ sons.”
According to Harry’s biographer, Penny Junor, Dyer, 53, is described as “one of the few people who talks some sense into [Harry].”
Archie is reportedly still in Canada while his parents work out the complicated arrangements of their new roles, which were delineated on Saturday in statements from both the Queen and Buckingham Palace.
According to Buckingham Palace’s statement, the Sussexes “understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments,” and “will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties.”
The palace statement adds that, “with the Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.”
In addition, they couple “will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.”