Why Princess Diana Felt ‘Excluded’ at Prince William’s Christening
Princess Diana felt “excluded” at the christening of her oldest son, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Born on June 21, 1982, Prince William became second in the line of succession after his father, Prince Charles. The British royal family held Prince William’s christening on August 4, 1982, when the young royal was six weeks old.
Baptized in Buckingham Palace’s music room, Prince William wore the Honiton lace gown per the royal tradition that started with Queen Victoria in 1842, according to Express.
Members of the family including Prince William’s grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, his parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother posed for photographs following the christening.
Why Princess Diana felt ‘excluded’ at Prince William’s christening
In Andrew Morton’s groundbreaking 1992 biography, Diana: Her True Story–in Her Own Words, he interviewed Princess Diana under the guise of secrecy — they exchanged tapes through a mutual friend — in which she spoke candidly about her life as a member of the British royal family. She touched on topics such as her marriage to Prince Charles, her struggle with an eating disorder, and Prince William’s christening.
The late royal talked about why the event wasn’t an entirely pleasant experience for her. She explained she wasn’t consulted on any details regarding the big event.
“Nobody asked me when it was suitable for William – 11 o’clock, couldn’t have been worse,” she said.
According to Express, photographs from the christening show Prince William crying, which bothered the late Princess Diana.
“And it was all decided around me. Hence the ghastly pictures,” she said.
Princess Diana went on to tell Morton she didn’t feel included in the christening, noting she wasn’t included in many photographs from the event.
“Endless pictures of the Queen, Queen Mother, Charles, and William. I was excluded totally that day,” she said.
At the time of the christening, Princess Diana had been in the process of adjusting to life as a royal then she became a mother and had to learn a new way of life again.
“I felt desperate, because I had literally just given birth – William was only six weeks old,” Princess Diana said.
Princess Diana felt like she had no say in what happened that day, which led to tears.
“Everything was out of control, everything. I wasn’t very well and I just blubbed my eyes out,” she told Morton, adding that her newborn son picked up on his mother’s feelings.
“William started crying too. Well, he just sensed that I wasn’t exactly hunky-dory,” Princess Diana said.
Hopefully, when Princess Diana gave birth to her second child, Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, in 1984, she had a more pleasant experience at his christening and really felt like part of the British royal family by then. Thanks to photographs from Prince Harry’s christening, we know Prince William had a better time at his brother’s christening than his own. While sitting for portraits, Prince William (now walking and talking) started a game of tag during the photo shoot.