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Saturday, October 16, 1999 Published at 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK

UK: Wales

Tiggy enjoys a right royal wedding

Tiggy Legge-Bourke is getting married at her home in Wales

Princes William and Harry have watched their former nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke marry at a private family wedding on her parents' Welsh estate.

There was no sign of their father, Prince Charles, at Tiggy's marriage to security consultant Charles Pettifer.

BBC Wales's Claire Summers: "She played an important role in helping the princes adjust to their mother's death."
Guests were served champagne and canapes on the lawn before the wedding party went into a tent on the lawn for the reception.

After the service 34-year-old Tiggy and her new husband posed for photographs on the lawn outside the family's 6,000-acre Glanusk Estate, which lies between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.

Tiggy's father William had appealed for the media not to intrude on the ceremony.

And to make sure the wedding was as private as possible, police put a security cordon around the estate.

"No paper or magazine has been given any rights of exclusivity nor will be," he said.

"Even the guests are being asked not to take photographs."

[ image: Tiggy was a guest at Prince Edward and Sophie's wedding]
Tiggy was a guest at Prince Edward and Sophie's wedding
The couple have been linked romantically since summer 1998, but they have known each other for years and enjoyed a brief romance as teenagers.

Prince William, 17, had driven his younger brother 15-year-old Prince Harry to the estate which is situated alongside the River Usk.

Tiggy, 34, joined the Prince of Wales's staff in 1993 and became a close companion to the princes following the separation of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

She often accompanied the two princes on holiday and following the death of Diana she helped them adjust to the loss of their mother.

Last year she hit the headlines when she allowed the two princes to abseil down a 150-foot dam in the Black Mountains.

Most Crickhowell residents gave their best wishes to Tiggy and Mr Pettifer.


Gwen Jones, 82, said: "The family are well known in the town - my great grandfather worked for her family - and most people wish her well."

Mrs Jones said she believed the couple were to marry at the small Penymyarth Church on the estate, which has been used for family occasions for years.

Another long-standing resident Gwyn Davies, 81, said: "I wish them all the luck in the world."

Father-of-two Mr Pettifer, 34, is a security consultant and the son of a Chelsea antiques dealer.

He was previously married to Camilla Wyatt, daughter of a racehorse breeder.

When Tiggy recently showed off her engagement ring, she declared: "I am extremely happy. I am marrying my rock."

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