Saturday 16 November 2019

Prince William says Princess Diana would have been a 'nightmare grandmother'

This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess holding Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince Harry, and features in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess holding Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince Harry, and features in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Diana with Harry on holiday. Photo: PA
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
William and Harry dressed up as policemen. Photo: PA
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, his wife Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte walk past helicopters at the airfield in Hamburg Finkenwerder, Germany, July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/POOL
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have revealed their intimate thoughts about their mother in a documentary featuring her closest family and friends. Picture: PA
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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.

William and Harry dressed up as policemen. Photo: PA
William and Harry dressed up as policemen. Photo: PA

"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."

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have revealed their intimate thoughts about their mother in a documentary featuring her closest family and friends. Picture: PA
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have revealed their intimate thoughts about their mother in a documentary featuring her closest family and friends. Picture: PA

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.

(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Diana with Harry on holiday. Photo: PA
Diana with Harry on holiday. Photo: PA

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