Princess Diana felt ‘enormous amount of pressure’ before welcoming William: royal author

By Meaghan Wray

Just last week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made an unprecedented move by deciding to keep their royal baby birth details private. Harry and Meghan live in the limelight and take many opportunities to meet their well-wishes, but there’s no doubt becoming new parents (albeit royal ones!) comes with a lot of pressure. It’s a pressure Harry’s late mom, Princess Diana, felt, too.

Diana and Charles debuted William on the Lindo Wing steps in 1985. Photo: © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

In Andrew Morton’s tell-all, Diana: Her True Story, he revealed the late Princess of Wales felt a lot of pressure from the media leading up to welcoming Prince William. So much pressure, in fact, that she was induced. “When we had William, we had to find a date in the diary that suited Charles and his polo,” the book quoted her as saying. “William had to be induced because I couldn't handle the press pressure any longer, it was becoming unbearable. If was as if everyone was monitoring every day for me.”

Diana attended the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service with her sons, William and Harry, in 1995. Photo: © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Luckily, Diana added, William arrived and Charles was able to book of a polo day to be there for his first child. “We found a date where Charles could get off his polo pony for me to give birth. That was very nice,” she said. “Felt grateful about that!”

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One of the most exciting parts about welcoming a royal baby is discovering their gender. It was a bit complicated for Prince Harry! “I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw on the scan. Charles always wanted a girl,” Diana remarked in the book. “He wanted two children, and he wanted a girl. I knew Harry was a boy, and I didn’t tell him.” And in classic Charles fashion, he made a lighthearted joke. “First comment was: ‘Oh god, it’s a boy.’ Second comment: ‘And he’s even got red hair,’” Diana remembered.

Diana sadly won’t be there to help celebrate the birth of her youngest son’s first child, but there’s no doubt Charles will be before setting off to Germany for a three-day royal tour with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Baby Sussex should arrive any day now!

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