Not a lot of parents are the perfect role model for their kids, but when it came to Prince Harry and Prince William, their mom, Princess Diana, always made sure she gave them the best upbringing as possible, and she did this by raising them in her own way.
“[Diana] made sure that they experienced things like going to the cinema, queuing up to buy a McDonald’s, going to amusement parks, those sorts of things that were experiences that they could share with their friends,” the late royal’s former chief of staff, Patrick Jephson, previously told ABC. “It was a very difficult dilemma for Diana to prepare them for the very distinctive, unique life that they have had to lead. And she did it very cleverly, I think.”
Diana didn’t let royal tradition tell her what to do either. According to ABC News royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter, “Diana is largely reported to be the very first mother within the royal family to breastfeed,” she revealed in 2013. “Of course, that’s hard for us to know for certain, but Queen Victoria was adamant that she found breastfeeding disgusting. She thought babies were ugly, and she didn’t really enjoy any part of being pregnant, yet she had nine children.”
Harry, 34, is also planning to follow in his late mother’s footsteps by surrounding his new baby with “positive energy.” Diana taught him that the more a kid feels valued, the more love they feel from their parents. “Our mother once said that if we all play our part in making our children feel valued, the result will be tremendous,” he previously shared at a ceremony for the Diana Award youth charity. “This result was tremendous.”
When Prince Harry’s baby arrives in late April, he’s sure to put his mother’s parenting techniques into action and be the best dad to baby Sussex!