Queen Elizabeth II Was So Against Princess Diana’s Choice to Do This

Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana had a complicated relationship over the years. When the princess was married to Prince Charles the women agreed to disagree on a few things as Diana was still learning the ropes and how to adjust to royal life. But there was one major decision Diana made that had her husband’s mother up in arms.

Here’s what the Princess of Wales chose to do that the queen did not approve of.

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Princess Diana’s decision Queen Elizabeth did not approve of

Prince William was born in 1982 followed by Prince Harry two years later and when it came to her boys, Diana decided to do things her way. In his book, William and Catherine: Their Story, the princess’ biographer Andrew Morton said the queen really frowned upon Diana’s choice be more hands-on with her children.

According to Morton, the queen was outright against that decision and exclaimed, “I don’t understand why Diana has to do this. There are millions of housemaids around.”

Despite her mother-in-law’s disapproval, Diana continued to raise her children the way she wanted to and did her best to give them a more normal upbringing.

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II
Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth II | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The queen’s children were brought up differently

Morton also wrote that “Diana’s hands-on mothering, given her position and workload, was in sharp relief to the way her husband, Prince Charles, had been raised by a succession of nannies.”

When Charles was born his mother was still Princess Elizabeth and while she wasn’t yet a queen, she did have royal duties to carry out and engagements to attend as did her husband, Prince Philip. This meant that the pair traveled a lot and weren’t around much when their son was young so he was left in the care of nannies. After she was coronated in 1953, their schedules only became more demanding and the couple embarked on a six-month Commonwealth tour without Charles and his sister, Princess Anne.

Jonathan Dimbleby, who penned the authorized biography of Prince Charles, quoted the Prince of Wales as saying that it was “inevitably the nursery staff” who raised him as they were the ones who witnessed his important firsts.

Prince William and Prince Harry adopted Diana’s approach

Diana’s parenting style rubbed off on her sons.

Prince William and Kate Middleton have adopted her parenting style when it comes to raising their children.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have employed one nanny to help look after the royal kiddos but they also try to be as hands-on as possible with Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. This includes driving their children to school every morning, playing outdoors in the garden with them whenever the weather permits, and doing things around the house together like cooking their favorite meals.

Prince Harry will reportedly bring up his son, Archie, and any future children with the same values his mother did as well.

“They will have a healthy respect for boundaries like other children,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “They will have chores at home and be brought up with respect.”

Read more: Why Prince William Said Princess Diana Would Be A ‘Nightmare Grandmother’ To His Kids