Their identities have now been revealed as Prince Harry’s closest childhood mentors. The Sunday Times claimed Tiggy Pettifer, Harry and William’s much-loved former nanny, and Mark Dyer, Harry’s minder, were asked by Meghan and Harry to be their newborn’s godparents. Both played key roles in bringing up Harry and his brother after the death of their mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
Harry and Meghan never publicly revealed their choices, another of the many breaks in royal tradition exhibited by the couple.
They are now quitting their official duties, stepping back as senior member of the royal family and uprooting to Canada.
It will mean Archie will not have much contact with Mr Dyer and Ms Pettifer as Harry did during his childhood.
The Queen has reportedly barely seen her eight-month-old great-grandson since his birth in May.
Ms Pettifer cared for Diana and Charles’ sons from 1993 to 1999, she became a mother figure to them after Diana’s death in 1997.
She remains close to both Harry and William, who are godfathers to her own sons Fred and Tom.
Her six-yer-old son Jasper, who is Prince Harry’s godson, was chosen as a page boy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
Ms Pettifer left the royal household to marry a former Coldstream Guards officer, Charles Pettifer.
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Despite the near 20-year age gap, Mr Dyer quickly developed into more than just an adviser to the young royal.
He cemented a firm friendship with Harry and was instrumental in the Prince’s upbringing.
His relationship with Harry has been likened to a big brotherly bond, or as a “second father”.
Mr Dyer worked as an equerry to Prince Charles for 18 months in the mid-90s.
The Prince of Wales tasked him with keeping an eye on his sons and acting as a counterweight to the more maternal role provided by Ms Pettifer.
Ms Pettifer and Mr Dyer join Charlie van Straubenzee as Archie’s only other known godparent.
On Saturday, The Queen announced details of the agreement reached for Harry and Meghan and revealed that the couple have agreed to repay the £2.4million of taxpayers’ money spent on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK home.
Following the decision, Harry and Meghan will remain Duke and Duchess of Sussex and will be individually styled as Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The couple will continue to support their private patronages but Harry will lose his military patronages and will no longer serve as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, representing the Queen.