Prince William says Princess Diana would have been a 'nightmare grandmother'
Prince William has revealed his late mother Princess Diana would have been a "nightmare grandmother" to his children Prince George (four) and Princess Charlotte (two).
In a new ITV documentary airing tonight, commemorating the 20th anniversary of Diana's death, Princes William and Harry are being uncharacteristically candid about their childhood with their mother and their grief as adults.
William says he wants his children, with wife Kate Middleton, to know "there were two grandmothers" in their lives and he is "constantly talking about Granny Diana".
"We've got more photos up 'round the house now of her and we talk about her a bit and stuff," he said. "It's hard because obviously Catherine didn't know her, so she cannot really provide that level of detail.
"So, I do regularly, putting George or Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try to remind them that there are two grandmothers - there were two grandmothers - in their lives. It's important that they know who she was and that she existed."
In recent months, as part of their work to highlight mental health awareness through their Heads Together project, coupled with their mother's 20th anniversary, the princes have been open about their struggles with grief and admit they've only become comfortable with talking about it - publicly and privately - in recent years.
But while reminding George and Charlotte of their late grandmother, William jokes that he imagines she would be an "absolute nightmare" as a grandmother.
"She'd be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare. She'd love the children to bits, but she'd be an absolute nightmare. She'd come and go and she'd come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing … scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place, and then leave."
And he's taken a lot of his mother's parenting styles to heart and incorporating them into his own skills at home.
"I want to make as much time and effort with Charlotte and George as I can because I realize these early years, particularly, are crucial for children, having seen what she did for us," he said.