connectVideoPrincess Diana: Remembering her life and legacy
It is 20 years since the tragic car-accident death of Princess Diana. A look back at her life and legacy
If there is someone who could be easily identified with the press Meghan Markle is sustainable as the world awaits the arrival of her baby, it would be her mother-in-law, the late Princess Diana of Wales.
Markle, 37, who became the Duchess of Sussex in May 2018, when she married Diana’s youngest son, the british Prince Harry, who is due to welcome their first-born sometime this spring.
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According to royal biographer Andrew Morton’s book “Diana: Her Story,” the royal revealed she felt a huge amount of pressure from the media surrounding the birth of her first child, and Harry is the older brother of Prince William.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their wedding day.
The book was based on the secretly recorded conversations between the princess and her friend, James Colthurst, before her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.
People magazine recently reported the pressure on Diana’s face to give birth was so “unbearable” that she was excited — but she had to pick a day that won’t interfere with Charles’ polo schedule.
“When we had William, we had to find a date in the diary that suited Charles and his polo,” Diana explained in Morton’s book. “William had to be induced, because I couldn’t handle the press pressure any more, it was unbearable. It was as if everybody was monitoring every day for me.”
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The british Prince William, the 6-months-old son of British Prince Charles and Princess Diana, during a special picture call at Kensington Palace in London.
Still, Diana admitted that the arrival of William, now 36, was worth it all.
“Anyway, the boy arrived, great excitement,” she described. “Happy, everyone is completely stoned as a shrimp — we had a date were Charles could get his polo pony for me to give birth. That was very nice, felt grateful!”
However, the magazine shared that the birth of Harry, now 34, came with its own problems. Diana said that Charles had always wanted a girl and was in for a big surprise.
“I knew that Harry was a boy, because I saw it on the scan,” she explained. “Charles always wanted a girl. He wanted two children, and he wanted to be a girl. I knew that Harry was a boy, and I wanted him not to tell.”
The young Prince Harry, 3, yawns as his mother Princess Diana during a morning picture session at Marivent Palace.
When Diana delivered their second son, Charles, allegedly not his disappointment to hide.
“The first reaction was: ‘Oh God, it’s a boy,” second reaction: “And he even got red hair,'” Diana.
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Diana also showed Charles expressed during Harry’s christening. He is reportedly said to her mother, “We were so disappointed — we thought that it would be a girl.”
“Mom broke his head, saying: “You should realize how lucky you are to have a child, that’s normal,'” said Diana. “Since that day, the shutters have come down, and that’s what he does if he has someone answering back to him.”
Princess Diana and Prince Charles leave St. Mary’s Hospital in London with Prince Harry on Sept. 16, 1984. Harry was born the day before.
Diana also described how her poor relationship with Charles improved before Harry was born. In fact, Diana insisted that she and Charles were “the nearest we ever, ever has been and ever will be” in the six weeks prior to the arrival of their second child.
That didn’t last.
“And then, suddenly, Harry was born it just went bang, our marriage,” Diana admitted. “The whole thing went down the drain.”
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Even before Diana married Charles in a televised wedding, which was attended by approximately 750 million viewers worldwide, in 1981, they long suspected that he was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, now Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Morton said.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Diana found a sense of happiness in the marriage with the birth of their two sons. The former couple welcomed William in 1982, followed by Harry in 1984. Morton claimed that Diana was pregnant with Harry, she and Charles experienced a intimate connection, that cost him, allegedly, writing notes to his wife. But after Harry was born, the relationship soured, until they finally separated.
“If the boys get a little older and was just like her counselors and friends and sons, she began to enjoy life much more,” said Morton on Fox News in 2017. “Diana was very protective of William and Harry. [If] you ever criticize the boys… they would be on you like a tigress. She was the only one who could criticize those two. Of course, she admitted… She wanted to be a full hands-on parent. And interestingly enough, Prince William recently said the same about his own children. He wants them to enjoy a relatively normal upbringing.”
Diana and Charles finally divorced in 1996. A year later, Diana died in 1997 at the age of 36 from injuries she sustained in a car accident in Paris.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have received hundreds of gifts.
Markle and Harry choosing to break the tradition of the parents.
Kensington Palace recently announced the couple is planning the birth of their firstborn private.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill that they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the palace said in a statement.
“Their Royal Highnesses have a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had the chance to celebrate privately as a family.”