Celebrities, royal families, and the mega-wealthy often inhabit worlds that are vastly different from ours. However, their fame, success, wealth, and power don’t exactly make it possible for them to live ordinary lives either.
The nannies that work for such families are as out of the ordinary in comparison to conventional nannies. To illustrate this, here’s a list of the ordeals, pay discrepancies, rules, special training, and the most ludicrous stories out there about nannies of the rich and famous.
When the highly publicized stories like the Jude Law and Sienna Miller saga broke, the trend for youthful nannies came to a halt. In its place, modern-day celebrity nannies need more than just vibrancy.
Once upon a time, even the more intimate child-rearing jobs like nursing could be outsourced. Whereas these benefits were only available to royalty and aristocratic families, now anyone with enough resources can just as easily opt-out of the less glamorous parts of baby care.
Following on from Sienna Miller’s ordeal, the famous mode wife of John Legend reportedly confessed to having a “no hot nannies” rule in her home. How true and serious she was about this is debatable.
However, Chrissy has also been reported to have extra help raising her child. Included in her nanny’s job description, is the task of “nursing”. As uncommon as such practices may be in modern parenting when it comes to celebrity nannying, this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Carey has been a powerhouse in the entertainment industry for decades. For all her talent and fame, she’s also become well known for some of her rather more infamous traits too. As the original “diva”, Mariah’s demanding ways have permeated into the realm of motherhood too.
Carey has been known to fire multiple nannies for “becoming too close to her children”. Her alleged treatment of her nannies made headlines when ex-nanny Simonette Da Costa filed a lawsuit against her claiming damages for unfair working conditions and unpaid wages, among other things.
The Australian-born Victoria’s Secret model was also well known for her relationship with actor Orlando Bloom. Despite having split, Miranda’s nanny is reportedly the person caught in the middle. Kerr has spoken publicly about the fact that when their son, Flynn Bloom, is with Orlando, the nanny travels has to travel with him.
This fueled speculation that this rule was simply a means to keep an eye on her ex. Kerr has dismissed these allegations and maintains that the nanny is just her way of being an overprotective mother.
As one of the most glamorous moms in the world, Beyoncѐ is one celebrity that can be forgiven for being a little extra. Since she and equally famous husband Zee also had twins in addition to their first daughter, Beyoncѐ has reportedly hired no less than eight nannies.
This team of childminders is there to provide her children with around-the-clock care. The nannies are known to work on shifts and each has specialized duties that include keeping up with the twins’ separate sleep schedules.
Probably one of the most famous Hollywood couples of a generation, Brad and Angelina are also known to have a virtual army of nannies to care for their children. To be fair, the couple did have six children (both natural and adopted).
What makes this story intriguing is the fact that the nannies in question were all required to have four-year degrees and speak a host of different languages to make the cut. Think that’s extreme? Our next group of nannies makes these seem downright ordinary.
When it comes to nannies that are extra well-trained, no one does it quite like Britain’s royal family. With the amount of world attention, security threats, and general intrigue the family faces on a daily basis, it’s not altogether unsurprising.
What might actually surprise you is just how well-trained the royal nannies are. In fact, these nannies are so ultra-elite and highly skilled, that they need their own segment. Here are a few things you might not know about royal nannies.
Royal nannies must all be trained graduates of the prestigious Bath’s Norland College. With tuition for the specialized nanny training at this school being in the region of $18000.00 a year, excluding boarding, you just know these aren’t going to be your average nannies.
In fact, their education and training go far beyond that of the average nanny, or even the average person for that matter. Here are some of the reasons why royal nannies are the most elite nannies in the world.
Royal nannies all complete a minimum 3-year degree that ends in a bachelor of arts degree with a specialization in early childhood development. That kind of education means they don’t just know how to change a nappy or heat a baby bottle.
These nannies are also highly trained in childhood psychology, cognitive science, and nutrition, among other things. If this isn’t enough, some of their other skills are unbelievable.
Yup, you read that right. Royal nannies must undergo specialized martial arts training. Due to the high-profile nature of their wards, these nannies must be willing and able to physically defend them against threats if necessary.
If that’s not impressive enough, they have other skills too that seem completely out of place when one imagines the requirements of being a normal nanny.
Since these nannies are sometimes required to drive around some of the most important babies and children in the world, they aren’t your average drivers either.
Trained to drive in inclement weather conditions, at high speed, and defensively to evade threats and the paparazzi, all royal nannies have the ability to outdrive most petrol-heads. We end with two stories that illustrate the contrast between how celebrity nannies sometimes fare.
Celebrities are often well known for being demanding and even unconscionable at times. When it comes to the alleged stories of how her nannies are treated, The South African-born, Oscar-winning actress, Charlize Theron’s nannies are reportedly treated poorly.
Aside from being told not to look at or talk to her, they allegedly must record daily journals of everything that occurs and must be on standby full-time. Thankfully, our next story portrays a very different experience for some celebrity nannies.
As an American-born actress with French-Danish and Mexican-Indian roots, this exotic beauty is known to be charming, both on and off-screen. Also known for being kind-hearted, Alba displayed this when she took an unusual step with her nanny.
On her Instagram page, Alba publicly praised her nanny, Connie Simpson, in more than one post. Simpson was praised for being her guide and for teaching her the ropes of motherhood, including teaching her how to properly breastfeed her baby.
There you have it. As you can see, being the nanny of a celebrity isn’t always as glamorous as it may seem. However, there can also be many perks like higher than average pay and the opportunity to jet-set around the world with your clients. All in all, being a celebrity nanny isn’t for the faint of heart.
Depending on the client, it might even take an above-average skill set and education. The nannies of celebrities show us that, like so many other things, these famous households always do things a little differently. Do you have any celebrity nanny stories to share?