How Duchess Kate and Prince William ensure Princess Diana is part of their children’s lives

By Zach Harper

Princess Diana was a loving, caring mother to Prince William and Prince Harry, and it’s no surprise William and Duchess Kate are carrying on her legacy with how they parent Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

William and Harry lost their mother on Aug. 31, 1997, when they were just 15 and 12 years old, respectively. While Diana will never meet her grandchildren, William and Kate have done their best to ensure she’s still a part of their lives and emphasize how important she was to the world, an insider recently told Us Weekly.

Diana with her sons at Niagara Falls on a trip to Canada in 1991. Photo: © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

“George and Charlotte know all about their late grandmother and what an amazing woman she was,” the source said. “William tells them she’s watching over them from heaven.”

Diana’s image is quite literally watching over Harry and Duchess Meghan’s son Archie Harrison in his nursery, the publication also reported. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have placed a framed photo of Diana in the three-month-old baby’s nursery at Frogmore Cottage to connect Archie with his late grandmother from an early age.

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William and Kate often use Diana’s parenting style when raising their own children, the insider told Us Weekly, especially when it comes to making difficult decisions about discipline.

“If the kids misbehave, William often thinks to himself, ‘What would my mom have done in this situation?’” the source said.

L-R: Prince Charles and Princess Diana with William and Harry at school in 1987, Princess Diana with her sons in 1989 and 1990. Photos: © Getty Images

When Charlotte has her first day at school next week and George returns to classes following his summer break, Kate will be on hand along with William to bring them both to Thomas’s Battersea. That, too, is part of Diana’s influence. Diana was regularly photographed taking William and Harry to school, and their first days at school were media events in the same way that George was and Charlotte’s will be.

That personal touch and willingness to ensure their children are treated just like non-royal kids is something they’ve taken from Diana, the insider said.

“Diana was such a wonderful mother,” the source told the publication. “William and Kate are doing their best to take after her when it comes to raising George, Charlotte and Louis. They’re determined to give their kids a normal life, just like Diana did.”

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William and Harry will likely meet up again this year for lunch or dinner at Kensington Palace to talk about their mother. It’s an annual tradition they started years ago in which they speak about their fondest memories of her and discuss her legacy, along with how they can continue her work in their own. Diana would be so very proud of her children and everything they’ve accomplished with their lives.

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