Diana was determined to be a normal mother to her children and from the very start set about ditching royal protocol when it came to raising the two princes. The princess did as much of the day-to-day child care as possible and made sure that William and Harry were always with her, even when she was on a royal tour. Her attitude to parenting was frowned upon by Prince Charles and other members of the Royal Family.
On a trip to Balmoral, Diana decided to leave her nanny behind and looked after the children herself, which caused some consternation.
According to royal author Andrew Morton, the Queen reportedly said: “I don’t understand why Diana has to do this.
“There are millions of housemaids around.”
The princess ensured that William and Harry got to do the “normal things” that other children did.
This included fun days out, such as the trip to Thorpe Park during the Easter holidays in 1993.
Diana insisted that she and her children should be treated like everybody else, which meant queuing for the rides.
Dressed in a Hard Rock Cafe black leather jacket, black jeans and flat boots, the princess looked happy and relaxed spending quality time with her sons.
They went on a number of rides, including the rollercoaster and waterslide.
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Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, revealed how Diana would spend a very “un-royal” Saturday night with her two children, which became a favourite ritual.
The evening would start off with a visit to McDonald’s, where they ordered Big Macs and chips.
On returning home, they would make themselves comfortable in front of the TV and watch Blind Date.
Mr Burrell said: “The three of them would nip to McDonald’s for a Big Mac and fries before coming back to watch Blind Date.
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“All three of them would squat on this massive, stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in her sitting room.
“They loved Blind Date and I’d hear them all screaming things like “Oh don’t pick him!” and “Lorra, lorra fun”.
In order to give her sons a insight into the real world, the princess often took them with her on visits to hospitals and homeless shelters.
William would later explain why she did this in an 2012 interview with ABC news.
He 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.”
Diana explained why she insisted on bringing up her children herself in a revealing interview with the BBC in 1995.
She said: “I’ve taken the children to all sorts of areas where I’m not sure anyone of that age in this family has been before.
“And they have a knowledge – they may never use it, but the seed is there, and I hope it will grow because knowledge is power.”