Princess Diana‘s former employer has opened up about his first impression of the late Royaland said she was a “shy” and “tactile” teenager.
Mary Robertson, an American businesswoman, hired Diana as a nanny for her infant son, Patrick, in 1980, a position she held until the months before she married Prince Charles in July 1981.
“When Diana came to me as a shy 18-year-old babysitter, she had had very little world experience — none at all — and she was just wonderful with Patrick,” Robertson said in an exclusive clip from upcoming CNN documentaries Diana.
“She was sitting on the floor with him and she was totally focused on him.”
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Although Diana was weeks away from becoming famous at the time of her employment, Robertson says the 18-year-old’s way could not have been further than a celebrity-she was a “shy” young woman who had a natural ability to care for the young .
According to Robertson, Diana worked for the family, earning $ 5 an hour three days a week, and when she did not care for Patrick, she was a kindergarten teacher.
When Robertson hired Diana, she had no idea that the princess who was to come soon was from an aristocratic family — according to an interview with Inside Edition in 2017, Robertson first became aware of her romance with the Prince of Wales when Diana was to warn her that the paparazzi were running out of Robertson’s house.
“[Diana] said: ‘When you go to work this morning, there are journalists and photographers at the end of the street,’ Robertson told the publication.
“I asked, ‘Who are they for? “She said, ‘They are there for me.’ “
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Even as Diana grew into a popular public figure, Robertson said she remained as “confident” and “loving” as she had been when she was first hired.
“One of her strongest qualities was that she was very tactile, she wanted to hug people, reach out by touching them,” Robertson says in the CNN documentary.
“The basic warm, trusting, loving and caring personality was always there.”
Diana had to hand over her message to Robertson so she could move to Buckingham Palace prior to her wedding to Prince Charles, but the duo remained close until her death in 1997.
“We continued a correspondence for the next 16 years,” Robertson said Inside Editionsaid Diana sent her several letters and cards and asked that the Robertson family visit her.
Robertson described Diana’s funeral as the “saddest, most painful hour” of her life.
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