Princess Diana Had the Sweetest Bedtime Routine With Sons Prince William and Harry

There’s no denying that Princess Diana was a fantastic mother to her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

The Princess of Wales had plenty of stress during her time with the royal family — her beloved husband Prince Charles was carrying on an affair, she never felt accepted by her mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth, and the paparazzi wouldn’t leave her alone. But one bright spot amongst the strife was raising her children.

Prince William, Prince Harry and Princess Diana
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While adjusting to royal life was next-to-impossible for the young bride, Princess Diana took to motherhood like a natural. She even did basic tasks on her own rather than relying on staff to take care of the small details like bedtime routines.

Diana had a special bedtime ritual with William and Harry

When her kids were young, Diana didn’t make a big fuss over their roles in the world, but rather showered them with affection and maternal love. She treated William and Harry like regular kids and they absolutely loved her for it.

Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales
Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

In the documentary Diana: In Her Own Words, Diana recounted her sweet bedtime routine with her kids.

“I hug my children to death. I get in bed with them at night and hug them… I always say, ‘Who loves you most in the whole world?’ and they always say, ‘Mommy…’ It’s always that… I always feed them… It’s so important,” she said.

She prepared her sons for their future lives

Princess Diana knew that her two sons would grow up to live out different destinies, and while she never made a big deal about it, she did adjust her parenting methods accordingly. She always kept both kids grounded by taking them to visit homeless shelters and sick, suffering people to keep their arrogance in check. That’s what makes them both so impressively altruistic today.

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Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William And Prince Harry | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

“Through William learning what I do, and his father to a certain extent, he has got an insight into what’s coming his way. He’s not hidden upstairs with the governess. I’ve chosen all the schools so far, and there was never any argument.” she explained.

“I want them to have an understanding of people’s emotions, people’s insecurities, people’s distress, and people’s hopes and dreams,” Diana said.

Diana made a huge impact on Prince William and Prince Harry

There is simply no overstating how much Princess Diana impacted her sons and their future lives. Both boys grew into men their mother would be proud of, and both are implementing her parenting strategies in their own households.

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Like Princess Diana, Kate Middleton is a hands-on mother who clearly cares for her children and remains very involved in their lives, playing with them and sharing special moments together. Similarly, Meghan Markle is already showing the same type of devotion and attention to newborn son Archie Harrison. Prince William and Prince Harry are equally devoted as fathers.

They may miss their mother every day, but Prince William and Prince Harry are keeping her legacy alive by parenting their children in the way she taught them.