Princess Diana died far too young, and her life was complicated by all manner of trials and tribulations. Sadly, she was followed around everywhere she went and endured a troubled private life once she joined the royal family.Princess Diana – raising Harry & William-Despite it all, though, Diana was a loving mother. She always made sure to put William and Harry first – the mother-of-two wanted her children to have a childhood that was as normal as possible.
Princess Diana often took William and Harry to theme parks and other fun venues. Of course, she knew what royal life entailed, including the fact that they had meals served to them at all times, and were expected to behave like proper, royal children.Yet she was also aware of the importance of William and Harry getting the chance to be like any other child. With this in mind, she would sneak them out of the palace to go and get fast food on occasion.
“I remember the princess came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys, I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s,” Diana’s former personal chef Darren McGrady told Marie Claire.
“And I said, ‘Oh my God – your Royal Highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s the toy they want.’”
William and Harry naturally loved spending time with their mother. She raised them to feel like they were just like any other children, which in many ways, they were!
Diana always endeavored to be the best mom possible and knew that brothers could and would fight with one another from time to time.
Wanted her sons to always be best friends-Royal historian Robert Lacey once revealed details about Harry and William’s childhood, and how their mother wanted the two brothers to make her a significant promise.
In his book Battle of Brothers, Lacey writes about the bond William and Harry developed through their early childhood and teenage years. Princess Diana was keen on them remaining close throughout their lives – she wanted the boys to promise they’d always remain “best friends.”
In the book, Lacey quotes psychic Simone Simmons, who used to consult Diana.
“You must promise me that you will always be each other’s best friends,” Simmons claimed Diana told her sons. “And never let anyone come between you.”
“Both boys promised they would keep to that,” Simmons recalled. “They high-fived each other and gave their mother a big cuddle.
“‘Anybody would have melted at the sight,” she said. “Then they went out to play soccer.”
From the beginning, it was clear that royal life wasn’t the end of the world for Diana. Her children always took priority, and she wanted to protect them from whatever might come between them.
That even included the Royal Family itself – Diana was reportedly worried that the Queen and Charles were plotting to separate her from her children.
William & Harry unveiled statue of their mother-William and Harry may have made Diana the aforementioned promise, but their relationship has been rather bad in recent years, beginning with Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family in 2020.
A year ago, on what would’ve been Diana’s 60th birthday, William and Harry reunited to unveil a new statue of their late mother. The sculpture, cast in bronze, of Diana surrounded by three children, was placed in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, her former home in London.
“Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength, and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better,” William and Harry said in a joint statement.
“Every day, we wish she were still with us, and our hope is that this statue will be seen forever as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”
This year marked the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing. William and Harry made sure to honor their beloved mother, but the two brothers did it separately.
According to a royal source who spoke to People Magazine, William spent the day quietly with his wife, Kate Middleton, in Windsor.
Princess Diana – Charles affair with Camilla
“I want it to be a day filled with memories of her incredible work and love for the way she did it,” Harry said on the anniversary. “I want it to be a day to share the spirit of my mum with my family, with my children, who I wish could have met her. Every day, I hope to do her proud.”
Besides leading an extremely public life, Diana had personal issues like any other person. For the Princess, one of the biggest problems involved her husband, then-Prince Charles.
Just years after his wedding to Diana, Charles engaged in an affair with Camilla, who would later become his wife.
According to Prince Charles’ authorized biography, as quoted by Town & Country, their affair started in 1986. Charles was still married to Princess Diana at that time, and she found out about it.
In 1989, Diana confronted Camilla over the affair, telling her to back off.
Skiing trips, sunbathing & humanitarian work
Below we see Diana on a skiing trip to Austria with her sons, Harry and William. This picture was taken as Harry had turned nine years old. He sure is adorable – and the whole family looks stunning!