Two of baby Archie’s secret godparents are revealed as Prince Harry’s childhood mentors: Former nanny and ‘second father’ who both supported him after his mother’s death were ‘asked before christening’
- Tiggy Pettifer, Harry’s former nanny, and Mark Dyer, his minder, are godparents
- Both supported Harry in the wake of Princess Diana’s death during childhood
- But their contact with Archie will be hamstrung by Sussexes new life in Canada
Two of Prince Harry‘s closest childhood mentors who supported him in the wake of Diana’s death have been revealed as godparents to baby Archie.
Tiggy Pettifer, his and William’s former nanny, and Mark Dyer, his minder, were asked by the the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to be their newborn’s godparents ahead of his christening last July.
Both confidantes were relatively unknown figures among a star-studded pool of candidates touted to fill the role, which included Meghan’s celebrity friends Serena Williams and Misha Nonoo.
But, in a move which suggests Harry values those who rallied round him in tough times, Dyer and Pettifer – formally Tiggy Legge Bourke – were named godfather and godmother, sources told The Sunday Times.
Tiggy Pettifer (then Legge Bourke) with Harry aged eight arriving with Charles at Aberdeen Station to head to Balmoral
Mark Dyer, Harry’s minder, with the young prince in 2003 visiting Wattisham Airfield In Suffolk
Archie’s godfather Mark Dyer and Prince Harry at the Sentebale Concert, Kensington Palace, in 2016
Harry and Meghan have never publicly revealed their choices, one of the many breaks with royal tradition exhibited by the couple who are quitting their official duties to uproot to Canada.
Their desire to relocate across the Atlantic means Archie will not have as much contact with Dyer and Pettifer as Harry did during his younger years.
It was claimed today that even the Queen has barely seen her eight-month-old great-grandson since his birth in May.
Despite the near 20-year age gap, Dyer quickly developed into more than just an adviser to the young royal and cemented a firm friendship with Harry.
He was instrumental in the Prince’s upbringing and his relationship with Harry has been likened to a big brotherly bond, or as a ‘second father’.
Known as Marko to his friends, Dyer, 53, worked as an equerry to Prince Charles for 18 months in the mid-Nineties.
Tiggy Pettifer (nee Legge-Bourke) attends the Christening of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor at the private chapel at Windsor Castle
Harry and Meghan have never publicly revealed their choices, one of the many breaks with royal tradition exhibited by the couple who are quitting their official duties to uproot to Canada
The Prince of Wales then tasked the Cheltenham College courtier with keeping an eye on his sons and acting as a counterweight to the more maternal role provided by Pettifer.
During the first half term after Diana’s death, when the boys would have been with their mother, Prince Charles was committed to a five day visit to Africa.
He took Harry along and while the Prince carried out engagements, Harry went off on safari in Botswana, organised by Dyer.
From then on he was a key guiding figure as Harry and William tried to come to terms with the loss of their mother.
After his spell as an employee to the Prince ended he remained a mentor to Harry.
In 2009 Dyer founded the management company MDM Bars and Pubs and runs two pubs The Sand’s End and The Brown Cow, in south-west London which both became haunts of Prince Harry.
Prince Harry with minder Mark Dyer in 2004 (right) Dyer was a guiding figure as Harry and William tried to come to terms with the loss of their mother. Pettifer has also remained close to both the royals and attended Harry’s wedding with her son Tom (right) who is also Harry’s godson
Dyer’s six-year-old son Jasper, who is Prince Harry’s godson, was chosen as a page boy for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding.
Pettifer – better known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke – was famously Harry and William’s long-term nanny in their formative years.
A constant by the princes’ side while they were growing up, Pettifer has remained close to both the royals over the years, and met Meghan before they married.
The Duke of Sussex is godfather to her son Tom Pettifer, who was pictured at the royal wedding.
Pettifor and Dyer join Charlie van Straubenzee as Archie’s only known godparents.