What Kind of Grandmother Princess Diana Would Have Been

When it comes to the most-loved royal of all time, Princess Diana certainly tops the list. From her open personality to her ability to talk to just about anyone in the public, there was no one the “People’s Princess” couldn’t talk to. Her friendly disposition evidently rubbed off on her children, too, as Prince William and Harry appear to be just as kind when in the public eye.

Sadly, Princess Diana’s life was cut short in 1997, and she never got a chance to meet her grandchildren. Judging from how she was as a mother, however, we have some idea of what kind of grandmother she would have been, too.

Princess Diana was known for being a warm and caring mother

Prince William, Prince Harry, and Princess Diana attend a rugby match

Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry applaud during the Wales vs France Five Nations Cup match. | Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP/Getty Images

The royals were known for keeping their children at arms-length, but Diana was ready to change this when she had Prince William and Prince Harry. ABC News reports she’s largely regarded as the first royal woman to breastfeed her children. And she was also known for bringing her sons with her on tours, which was totally unheard of at the time. As Daisy Goodwin, the author of My Last Duchess, said, “But it was brilliant, because … we all really warmed to her. Because no woman wants to leave her baby, and that was what made Diana so lovable — that she always absolutely adored her children.”

She also wanted her kids to have normal, everyday experiences outside of the palace’s walls. She took them to the movie theater, McDonald’s, amusement parks, and to meet commoners. She wanted to prepare her sons for life in the public eye, but she also wanted them to stay humble and remember that everyone mattered, royal or not.

As William said, “She very much wanted to get us to see the rawness of real life. And I can’t thank her enough for that, ’cause reality bites in a big way, and it was one of the biggest lessons I learned is, just how lucky and privileged so many of us are — particularly myself.”

Prince William said she would have been an ‘absolute nightmare’ as a grandparent

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and Prince William

Princess Diana, Prince Harry, and Prince William | Johnny Eggitt/AFP/Getty Images

Diana wanted her kids to have the experiences of a commoner — but she also knew how to spoil them. For this reason, William said his mother would have been an “absolute nightmare” as a grandma, he said in the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, People reports. He jokingly added, “She’d come and go and she’d come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and — and then leave.”

William also mentioned that he loves telling his children about Granny Diana — and they even have photos of her around the house. When he puts his kids to bed, he said he tries to “remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives, and so it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”

A close friend of Diana’s said she would have been the best grandma

Princess Charlotte with Prince William and Prince George

Prince William with Prince George and Princess Charlotte | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Mirror.co.uk notes Julia Samuel, a friend of Diana’s, had extremely kind words in regards to how she would have been as Granny Diana. Samuel, who’s also the godmother of Prince George, mentioned her friend would have been “a fantastic grandmother.” Samuel added, “It breaks my heart even thinking about it, because she would have been amazing, she really would.”

Additionally, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who was close with Diana as her sister-in-law, echoed the same sentiment. Us Weekly reports she said, “She would have just been the naughtiest, funniest, and the best [grandmother] ever.”

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