Hopefully when Prince Harry meets his first royal baby with Meghan Markle, he won’t have the same experience that his dad, Prince Charles, had when he was born. According to Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story, Charles, 70, wanted his second child to be a girl and was very “disappointed” when he learned Prince Harry’s gender.
“First comment was: ‘Oh God, it’s a boy,’ second comment: ‘And he’s even got red hair,’” Princess Diana recalled about her husband’s first reaction in the book. “Charles always wanted a girl. He wanted two children, and he wanted a girl.”
Unlike Charles, Diana wasn’t surprised that her baby wasn’t a girl because she knew Harry’s gender all along. “I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw on the scan,” she explained. “I knew Harry was a boy, and I didn’t tell him.”
Since he was gravely disappointed, Prince Charles just couldn’t seem to get over the fact that he wasn’t going to be a father to a beautiful baby girl. “‘We were so disappointed — we thought it would be a girl,” she recalled him saying to her mom at Harry’s christening. “Mummy snapped his head off, saying: ‘You should realized how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal.’ Every since that day the shutters have come down, and that’s what he does when he gets somebody answering back at him.”
Diana remembered the weeks leading up to Harry’s arrival as the best time ever because she and her husband were in a good place. She said they were “the closest we’ve ever, ever been and ever will be.” But sadly after Harry was born, everything changed. “It just went bang, our marriage. The whole thing went down the drain,” she said.
Apparently, Charles rekindled his romance with his now-wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, behind Diana’s back and his affair was taking a big toll on their marriage. Diana later died at age 36 when she got into a tragic car crash. Harry was only 12 years old at the time and William was 15.