It was Christmas, 1995 and around 100 colleagues celebrated the end of the year at London's five-star Lanesborough Hotel.
The guests were all staff members of the Prince and Princess of Wales. Despite the fact that the royal couple had separated three years before, they had maintained a joint office.
Now is an opportunity for horses, secretaries, and a myriad of other supporting personnel to lower their hair. The atmosphere is happy with all accounts and drinks flowing.
What happened next was an incident that was still alive in the cruelty of the kingdom, and which dramatically became the spotlight on a sudden dislike like Diana had flared up.
According to a number of eyewitness reports that were there that night, Diana walked toward a blonde female employee. When the kingdom approached, he said in a voice loud enough for others to hear, "Very sorry to hear about the baby."
The woman, Tiggy Legge-Bourke – Prince William and his beloved nanny Harry – cried and left the room.
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That scene was probably one of the episodes that were supposed to be more embarrassing in the Wales War which dominated the global press in the 90s.
Tiggy may appear to be a lowly caregiver, but his harmless title and trivial salary denies the main place he occupies in all three of Prince's lives. Over the years, he has been the main source of emotional support and unwavering joy for Wills and Harry when their parents pulled him out on the front page of the British tabloid and behind closed doors.
However, rumors about the relationship between Tiggy and Charles have emerged. Photographs of Prince Wales welcoming him with a kiss on the cheek in public only served to make the tongue shake with speculation how close the 40 kingdoms were to the woman he trusted to care for his sons.
While Tiggy left Charles's job in 1999 when he was married, this week he returned to the spotlight after he was photographed attending the very secret Windsor baptism at Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor.
For decades since, rumors of affair, pictures of interesting paparazzi and fears of murder have swirled around Tiggy: So who exactly is the woman who pushed Diana so wildly?
RIGHT ROYAL CONNECTION
It was early 1993 and Charles and Diana recently, only a few months before, finally separated. While he was always a loving father, entertaining two naughty boys when they returned home from boarding school was a frightening prospect for a Prince who enjoyed discussing Tuscan architecture and spirituality.
Enter Alexandra "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke. (His nickname comes from Mrs. Tiggywinkle, Beatrix Potter character.)
Tiggy is a jolly woman who not only has the necessary experience – after working in Battersea's nursery – but comes full of strong royal connections.
His mother, Shan, is a woman who is waiting for Princess Anne and her brother Harry to pay homage to the Queen. He attended the same Swiss finishing school as Diana (and Camilla, incidentally) and his stepfather was William Sidney, First Viscount De L 'Isle, who was Governor-General of Australia from 1961-1965.
He also grew up in Charles's social orbit. He will regularly shoot at Glanusk Estate Legge-Bourkes in south Wales.
It was Lady Susan Hussey, godmother Wills and a woman waiting for the Queen, who suggested that Tiggy would be perfect for that role.
The 29-year-old man has spent four years working in the royal household as assistant personal commander of secretary Charles Richard Aylard.
SHOOTING AND FISHING
By the way, the young princes immediately accepted it. His approach was very cheerful: Hunting, shooting, fishing, days in polo and go-karts, all kinds of dirty and fun activities that might be enjoyed by two upper-class young men on the agenda.
"I gave them what they needed at this stage: fresh air, rifles and horses," Tiggy said about his approach.
Tiggy, perhaps unfriendly, was given the nickname The Thumping Great Sloane.
He quickly became a central figure in the lives of boys at St James & # 39; Palace – where their father lives in London – and Highgrove, a large land belonging to Gloucestershire where they often spend weekends. "He is part of the servants, some sisters and some mothers," said a former maid.
Soon, he skied with Wales in Switzerland, took Harry on a safari to Botswana and was on the sidelines with the young Prince when they watched their father play polo.
Tiggy became very close to his young accusations so it wasn't long before he called them "my baby".
At one stage, Prince William disappointed his parents who were in conflict with a significant Eton event. The two were reportedly shocked when they found him inviting Tiggy to their place.
DIANA TAKES THE GOAL
There were many reasons why Diana didn't like Tiggy. For starters, his young sons clearly fell in love with women who like to have fun who have to spend hours with young HRH.
But while Wills and Harry are big fans of this cute sister type figure, their mother doesn't.
Diana was said to hate the fact that Tiggy smoked near her son and during a legal dispute as part of Wales' divorce, the Princess sought official clarification about what Tiggy was actually doing and how involved she was in Wills and Harry's life.
"Upon his instructions, I compiled letters from Putri to her husband sharply asking for clarification of Tiggy's duties and asking to be involved in decisions regarding his contact with boys," wrote the old historian Patrick Jephson writing in Shadow of a Princess.
"I don't think he ever got a completely satisfying answer, but I doubt if that is possible. It's hard for him to be satisfied with the reality of his reduced influence on the activities of his children.
More than that, at that time, Diana had just separated and became very jealous. The closeness and comfort of Tiggy with the three regularly showcased the look for the Princess.
Tiggy was clearly not a member of Charles's other group.
Paparazzi's photos of the Prince greeted him warmly and kissing his cheek only gave speculation that Tiggy and the future king were entangled in an affair.
According to former Equerry Patrick Jephson and former Paul Butler butler, throughout 1995, Diana became obsessed with the idea that Charles and Tiggy had an affair.
"The Princess developed a more sinister picture of fantasy about Tiggy's personal life. There are no men in Prince's group who are safe from him, including the Prince himself, "Jephson wrote Shadow of a Princess.
However, Diana's suspicions about Tiggy would only become even more outrageous.
During the examination of his death, a note appeared by one lawyer Diana Lord Mishcon after a meeting with the princess in October 1995 detailing his fear that Charles would make him (and Camilla) both killed to "give way" to his future wife Tiggy.
"It was ridiculous but at that time, he was surrounded and felt isolated," said a friend of the princess Daily letter. "Also, at that time, Charles was encouraged to bring down Camilla, and it was easy to see how the idea of a good personality Tiggy – who was single and had a good connection – being close to Prince could master the princess's mind."
AF SORRY HEARS ABOUT BABY & # 39;
By Christmas 1995, Diana was ready to sweep. Rumors that were completely unfounded stated that Tiggy had an abortion after being pregnant by Charles.
According to butler Diana Paul Burrell, the Princess has launched a "secret" investigation into gossip and during the Christmas party, seeing opportunities to attack.
"Horror paralyzed Tiggy's face. Tears welled in his eyes and he left the room accompanied by servant Prince Charles Michael Fawcett," Burrell wrote in his book, Kingdom Duty.
TIGGY STRIKES BACK
In the days after the now famous Christmas party, Tiggy contacted his lawyer who instructed Diana to stop spreading these rumors.
Not only that, but the Queen's personal secretary, Sir Robert Fellowes (who married Diana's sister, Lady Jane) launched an investigation into the incident.
According to Telegraph, he later wrote to Diana: "Your accusation about Tiggy Legge-Bourke is completely baseless. His relationship with Prince Wales never meant professional relations.
"On the date of the alleged abortion, he was in Highgrove with William and Harry. It is in your own interest that you withdraw this accusation. All of this is a big mistake. "
Only two years after Diana's death in 1997 in Paris, it was Tiggy who would provide essential emotional support for the lost young princes.
In 1999, Tiggy married Charles Pettifer's childhood lover and left the Prince's job. (Harry is rumored to have been very drunk at his marriage so he ate live carp from the middle.)
Even though he is no longer on the royal payroll, he stays close to Wills and Harry. He made Harry the godfather of his first son, Fred, and Wills was the godfather to his other son, Tom.
In 2011, Tom (who was then eight) was a boy at William and Kate's wedding while the following year, Harry was next to Tiggy in the audience to watch Fred, his godson, appear in a school drama.
In fact, Tiggy and his family were secretly involved with every important moment in Wills and Harry's life over the past two decades.
However, Tiggy's life could not be more different from the glamorous life he enjoyed on royal jets.
Today, he lives in Wales with his husband, two stepchildren and two sons and runs a $ 180 per night B & B, where guests are invited to help themselves with biscuits and whiskey.
In January 2018, Prince Harry, on his official trip to Cardiff, took a 65km detour during a busy day with various activities. He brought his new fiance, Meghan Markle, and there was one person he wanted to introduce to him – Tiggy.
Given that 54 years ago was photographed at Windsor Castle last weekend, it would make sense if Harry would summon one woman who had proven to be a source of love and affection that could be relied on for life, to care for her own son.
It's hard to think of anything that will make Diana even more angry.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and freelance writer with 20 years of experience who has written for some of Australia's best print and digital media brands. Continue the conversation @DanielaElser