The 1 Big Way Prince William And Kate Middleton Are Following In Princess Diana’s Footsteps

Princess Diana was called the “People’s Princess” in part because she was approachable and provided some normalcy for her children, despite being part of the royal family. Prince William and Kate Middleton are following in Diana’s footsteps to maintain that accessibility with the public.

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‘ Keeping it real’

Royal commentator Imogen Lloyd Webber shares that “Diana was all about making the monarchy more approachable and accessible, keeping it real and royal. Making sure William and Harry saw outside the palace’s wall.”

She added: “It was all about going to McDonald’s and going to theme parks, going skiing — all those sorts of things and also visiting the homeless. William and Harry have very much brought that into their own families.”

Prince William and Middleton’s children are seen in “normal” situations as well, with Lloyd Webber pointing out: “You’ll see George, Charlotte and Louis going from Trooping the Colour to having a picnic at a polo match. Very different from the life Charles and his siblings had when they were growing up — they had nannies, they weren’t taken to long-haul trips.”

She added: “William and Harry are going to take their children on trips, we’ve seen that with William taking George to Australia when he was nine-months-old, following in Diana’s footsteps there. She took William with her when he was very young, that had never happened before.”

Prince William was just nine months old when he went on his first royal tour in 1983, when Prince Charles and Princess Diana took him along for a two-week visit to Alice Springs, Melbourne and Canberra.

Similarly, Prince William and Middleton took their son, Prince George, on tour to Australia in 2014 when he was nine months old. Prince George and Princess Charlotte also accompanied them on trips to Canada in 2016, and Poland and Germany in 2017.

Prince Louis has gone along with his siblings for family holidays, including their trip to Mustique for the summer break in July. He has not gone on a royal tour yet, however.

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The trick that Diana used to connect with fans

Even though she was a royal, Princess Diana tried to make connections with the people she met. She told author Andrew Morton how she was able to accomplish this, noting: “If I go out and about, whether it be to Birmingham, Liverpool or Dorset, I can always pick up on a TV program and you are on the same level.”

She added, “That I decided for myself. It works so well. Everybody watches it and I say, ‘Did you see so and so? Wasn’t it funny when this or that happened?’ You are not the princess and they the general public — it’s the same level.”

Princess Diana’s close friend Elton John once remarked how Princess Diana “had this incredible ability… to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s going to be all right.”

He shared during the ITV and HBO documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy: “I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”