Princess Diana saw Harry as William’s ‘wingman’ says Morton
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The Duke of Cambridge has said he intends to give his children Prince George. Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as normal a life as possible, just as Diana tried to do for him. The late Princess of Wales was known to take her sons to McDonald’s and water parks, and try to teach them about those less fortunate than themselves. William has taken on this mantle as he and Kate have tried to keep their children’s lives relatively private.
Of course, William’s three children will sadly never get to meet their grandmother, as she died before they were born.
However, he has kept her memory alive by telling his children all about “Granny Diana” and making sure they know they have two grandmothers.
Diana was known to have a very cheeky sense of humour, which George is said to have inherited.
When George was little, William said he made bath time “quite painful” which is reportedly another thing he seems to have in common with his grandmother.
William joked about this in the 2017 ITV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’.
He said: “She’d be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare.
“She’d love the children to bits, but.. She’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place ‒ and then leave.”
After the joking, he did admit Diana would certainly “have been a lovely grandmother”.
These comments reveal what William thinks his mother would have been like if she had had the chance to meet her grandchildren.
In the documentary, William and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, said they have photos around the house of “Granny Diana” and make sure the children know who she is.
William said: “It’s important they know who she was and that she existed.
“I think, constantly talking about Granny Diana, so we’ve got more photos up round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff.”
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He said he also likes to tell stories about her, which he has to do by himself because sadly Kate never got to meet her either.
He said: “It’s hard because obviously, Catherine didn’t know her. She cannot really provide that level of detail.
“I want to make as much time and effort with them as I can because I realise these early years particularly are crucial for children, having seen what she did for us.”
William has previously spoken about how fatherhood brought back painful memories about his mother’s death.
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He told a BBC documentary on mental health that feelings from a “traumatic” event can resurface when you become a parent and that he found it “overwhelming” at times.
He said: “Having children is the biggest life-changing moment, it really is.
“And I agree with you, I think when you’ve been through something traumatic in life ‒ and that is like you say with your dad not being around, my mother dying when I was younger ‒ your emotions come in leaps and bounds because it’s a very different phase of life.
“There’s no one there to, kind of, help you and I definitely found it very, at times, overwhelming.”
He said emotions can “come out of the blue” which you thought you had already dealt with or did not expect.
While he admitted it is one of the “scariest” things in life, he added that it is also the most “amazing”.
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