Princess Diana, then 20 years old, married Prince Charles, then 32, in what was dubbed the “wedding of the century” on July 29, 1981.
Diana transitioned from Lady Diana Spencer to Princess of Wales with the slipping of her wedding ring onto her finger, a title that would allow the entire world to appreciate her lovable character but also put her marriage through years of strife and compelled her to conform to a plethora of royal demands.
However, according to PennLive, she found happiness in welcoming and raising her two boys, Prince William and Prince Harry, who were born in 1982 and 1984, respectively. When it came to her sons, the adoring mother would be willing to bend the rules to make things easier for them.
“My mother smothered Harry and me in love, that’s one thing I can always say about her. I still feel the love she provided us after twenty years, which is a testimonial to her enormous heart and incredible ability as a mother “GQ quoted Prince William as saying.
Although her bond with her children was perfect, her marriage to her husband was fraught with difficulties, including an affair.
According to History, Prince Charles and Princess Diana declared their separation in 1992, yet she continued to undertake royal obligations. The Queen encouraged the pair to divorce in 1996, and they did so two months later after reaching an agreement. Princess Diana agreed to give up her title of ‘Her Royal Highness’ and everything else that would allow her to claim the British monarchy in the future. The arrangement did, however, allow her to preserve the title of “Princess of Wales.”
According to reports, it took them years to finalize their divorce due to arguments over money and access, as well as Diana’s position. She wished to maintain the title of ‘Her Royal Highness,’ because nothing can erase the fact that she is the mother of the future heir to the kingdom, which she will always be.
She would lose all formal connections to her sons if she lost this title. Princess Diana would have had to adhere to a slew of royal protocols if she wanted to keep her connection with her sons intact; even bowing to her own children would have been part of it.
According to the New York Times, Queen Elizabeth II decided that Princess Diana should be permitted to preserve the title, as published by Marie Claire. Prince Charles, on the other hand, was said to be “adamant” about stripping his former wife of the title and the perks that came with it.
Princess Diana was so distressed over losing her title that when her mother suggested that it could be a good idea to start afresh without the weight of a royal title, Diana was silent for months, according to the Express.
Prince William was only 14 years old at the time of the scandal, and he couldn’t take seeing his mother in such a situation. According to Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, he attempted to console her while she was in “distress.”
The butler disclosed the young Prince William’s earnest commitment to his mother at the time. “When she was distraught over HRH’s death, she told me how he sat with her one night and wrapped his arms around her and said, ‘Don’t worry, Mummy.’ When I become King, I will return it to you.’ “In his book, A Royal Duty, Burrell wrote: According to Burrell, the conversation left the Princess in tears.
Princess Diana, however, will never see her son rise to the kingdom because she died in a car accident in 1997, just a year after the divorce was finalized.
Prince William was devastated when he lost his mother at a young age, and it took him years to come to terms with it.
“…I’d gladly talk about my mental health difficulties if I had them. I suppose the closest I came was the trauma I went through when my mother died, the magnitude of the sadness, and I still haven’t dealt with it as effectively as I could have over the years “GQ quoted Prince William as saying.
Prince William remarked, “It took me years to one up about her,” when asked how long it took him to one up about her “I’m in a better position about it than I’ve been in a long time, where I can talk about her more openly, honestly, and remember her better, as well as publicly talk about her. It took me nearly 20 years to reach to that point.”