As the world continues to celebrate the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s daughter, Princess Charlotte, a former palace staffer is revealing one member of the royal family would have been especially excited for the baby’s arrival — Princess Diana.
In a new interview, the late royal’s personal chef, Darren McGrady, confessed Diana — who sadly died in a 1997 car accident — once told him she would have loved to have had a daughter.
Darren, who worked for Diana from 1992 until her death in 1997, in 2010.
“When my daughter, Kelly, was born, Diana sent a note to my wife, Wendy, in hospital. The note said, ‘Many congratulations on the safe arrival of your little Lady. Love from Diana,'” McGrady recalled.
“When we brought Kelly home, Diana said, ‘You must bring Kelly to see me.’ [When we did], I remember Diana turned to me and said, ‘Oh I desperately want a little girl of my own, Darren,'” he continued.
Diana with sons William and Harry in October 1985.
On Saturday, May 2, Diana’s eldest son, Prince William, 32, welcomed his second child, daughter Charlotte, with wife Kate, 33. The couple are also parents to a 21-month-old son, Prince George.
“Now that Kate has had a little girl it’s sad to think about because I know that if Diana had been alive today, she would have had her fingers and toes crossed before the birth and would have been saying, ‘Please, please, please let it be a girl,'” McGrady told the ‘Daily Mail.’
Kate, William and baby Charlotte on Saturday, May 2.