Have Soho House pair become Archie’s godparents with Harry’s nanny?

They have adopted the Soho House style for their new home. 

And it may be that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have extended the members’ club theme to friends chosen as baby Archie’s godparents.

Sources close to the couple claimed last night that Izzy May, a former publicist for the company, is a godparent.

Royal wedding guests: Markus Anderson and Izzy May are believed to be Archie's godparents

Royal wedding guests: Markus Anderson and Izzy May are believed to be Archie's godparents

Royal wedding guests: Markus Anderson and Izzy May are believed to be Archie’s godparents

Friends in the circle also said they would be surprised if Markus Anderson, a Canadian-born Soho House director, had not been made a godfather.

The pair were guests at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Neither has children, allowing them to lavish Archie with time and attention. 

Anderson, 41, grew close to the Duchess when they lived in Toronto, where he accompanied her to the Invictus Games closing ceremony in 2017.

Last summer they flew to Madrid with friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo. He also introduced Meghan to Amal and George Clooney and to Jessica Mulroney.

Friends of Miss May, 41, who now works for David Beckham’s company DB Ventures, say she has been chosen for the special role. The London-based publicist got to know Meghan through Soho House, where she worked for the owner Nick Jones for a decade.

When Meghan moved to Britain, the women grew very close but kept their friendship low-key.

Educated at Sussex University, Miss May joined London-based PR agency Freuds in 2001.

Among her clients was Soho House and she quickly became friends with Mr Anderson and Mr Jones.

Harry and Meghan chose a friend they met at one of their favourite haunts, Soho Farmhouse, to provide the flowers yesterday. Willow Crossley, who lives close to where the couple rented their cottage in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, also decorated the evening party for last year’s Royal Wedding.

Florist: Willow Crossley ensured the christening was filled with the couple's favourite flowers

Florist: Willow Crossley ensured the christening was filled with the couple's favourite flowers

Florist: Willow Crossley ensured the christening was filled with the couple’s favourite flowers 

Meanwhile, Harry’s former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke proved she is as no-nonsense as ever as she turned up to Archie’s christening in a red dress from high street store Zara – thought to have cost about £40.

She even appeared to be wearing the same pair of pearl earrings and four-string choker – albeit with a different clasp – that she sported in 1993 when she accompanied Harry to Balmoral.

Tiggy’s attendance in Windsor fuelled speculation that she was among the favoured few selected to be godparents. The former nanny – who now goes by her married name Pettifer – was a pillar of support to the princes as they grew up.

She made the brothers godfathers to her two children and it would be no surprise if Harry has returned the gesture.

Godmother: Prince Harry's beloved nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is believed to have also been given the role

Godmother: Prince Harry's beloved nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is believed to have also been given the role

Godmother: Prince Harry’s beloved nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke is believed to have also been given the role 

 Harry introduced Meghan to Tiggy shortly after the couple announced their engagement.

It is thought he was particularly keen for the pair to meet, with a source saying at the time: ‘Harry couldn’t wait to introduce Meghan to Tiggy. Although the two women are very different, they got on famously.’

Tiggy went to the same Swiss finishing school – the Institut Alpin Videmanette in Rougemont – as Princess Diana. She worked for the Royal Family between 1993 and 1999 and was there to help care for the boys when Diana died in 1997.

With a role once described as ‘part servant, part sister and part mother,’ she organised treats for the princes such as fairground rides on summer days at Prince Charles’s Highgrove home.

She would load the boys’ ponies on to trailers for polo and hunting and spent hours with them fishing, climbing, go-karting and shooting rabbits. Their sheer adoration for their nanny would often cause tension when Diana was alive, with Tiggy once referring to Harry and William as ‘my babies’.

Fun loving: Tiggy outlook on life was to 'turn up the fun dial to over-the-top'

Fun loving: Tiggy outlook on life was to 'turn up the fun dial to over-the-top'

Fun loving: Tiggy outlook on life was to ‘turn up the fun dial to over-the-top’

Diana believed the nanny held too much influence over Charles and the boys, and was disapproving when Tiggy said of her charges: ‘I give them what they need – fresh air, a rifle and a horse. She [Diana] gives them a tennis racket and a bucket of popcorn at the movies.’

Tiggy did not always see eye to eye with Charles either – she was reportedly banished to the roof of St James’s Palace to smoke because he hated the smell.

In 1998, Charles was enraged when Tiggy reportedly let Harry and William abseil from a 160ft dam without helmets or safety lines – a technique usually reserved for crack SAS squads. A three-week investigation was launched, but the princes’ adoration of her saved her job. Friends have described her as mix of surrogate mother and boisterous big sister whose only outlook on life was to ‘turn up the fun dial to over-the-top’.

Appointed to the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year’s Honours in 2001, her relationship with Diana’s sons has long outlived her duties as a nanny.

Close bond: Tiggy was described as a  mix of surrogate mother and boisterous big sister

Close bond: Tiggy was described as a  mix of surrogate mother and boisterous big sister

Close bond: Tiggy was described as a  mix of surrogate mother and boisterous big sister

She has attended every important event in their lives, including the brothers’ weddings and Harry’s graduation as a helicopter pilot. Today, Tiggy’s life is far removed from her Royal duties, which saw her skiing with the princes in Klosters, holidaying on yachts and taking Harry on safari in Botswana.Married with two sons and two stepsons, she and her husband Charles Pettifer have converted their home in the Brecon Beacons into an upmarket, £100-a-night guesthouse. Visitors speak highly of the ‘joyful hostess’ and her ‘wonderful homemade cakes’.

She advertises what she calls ‘the Tiggy experience’, writing on her website: ‘Charlie and I have four boys, three dogs and a menagerie of animals here at Ty’r Chanter and if you decide to come and stay you really are part of our family. Our home is your home for as long as you stay. I have no rules and regulations, as they say!’

Born Alexandra, she was nicknamed Tiggy due to her childhood love of Beatrix Potter’s hedgehog Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

Her father was the former Deputy Lieutenant of Powys and her mother a long-standing lady-in-waiting to Princess Anne. 

Prince Charles knew the family well and would regularly shoot on their estate in Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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