PRINCESS DIANA made Prince William burst into tears after giving him a smacking on the bottom in front of his friends, a newly-resurfaced report reveals.
Yesterday, Prince William and Kate Middleton dropped Prince George and Princess Charlotte at school. It was the first day of reception for the four-year-old little Princess, who appeared a little shy as she walked into the prestigious Thomas’s Battersea. Prince George, who is two years older than his sister, proudly led the way while holding on to William’s hand.
The third-in-line to the throne showed off a gap-toothed smile as he prepared to show his little sister around the £19,000-a-year school.
Even though, having your parents accompanying you on your first day of school seems such a normal tradition, it is still a relatively new experience for members of the Royal Family.
It was thanks to Diana that things changed, as she made sure she was involved in her children’s lives as much as possible.
Angela Levin, author of ‘Harry: A Biography of a Prince’, told CBS News in 2015: “Diana broke all the rules of traditional royal child-rearing.
Diana made William cry after smacking him on the bottom (Image: GETTY)
Charlotte and George at St Thomas’s Battersea (Image: GETTY)
“Even dropping her boys off at school herself.
“That was unheard of in Prince Charles’ day.”
Diana had a very close relationship with both her children, but she was also known to be incredibly strict with them.
According to a newly-resurfaced report by the Daily Express, the Princess of Wales gave a wilful Prince William a public smacking at his school on sports day, after the future King misbehaved.
William and Kate accompanied George and Charlotte to school on Thursday (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana taking Prince William and Prince Harry to school (Image: GETTY)
Her temper reportedly snapped when an eight-year-old William ran away as she was about to leave after the events had ended.
Royal correspondent Ashley Walton wrote in 1990: “Her temper snapped when he ran away as she was about to leave after the events had ended.
“The seven-year-old Prince set off across a field to play with his sirens from London’s Wetherby School.
“Diana – clearly angry – dashed 100 yards, caught him by the arm and have him a firm smack on the bottom.
Diana reportedly snapped and made William cry during sports day (Image: GETTY/EXPRESS.CO.UK )
Prince William at sports day in 1990 (Image: GETTY)
“William burst into tears.
“He was pushed back into the back of the royal car after a good telling off and driven back to Kensington Palace.”
According to the same report, Princess Anne did the same thing when she publicly smacked her son, Peter, then seven, on the bottom at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Diana was reportedly incredibly serious about discipline and she is also said to have sacked William and Harry’s first nanny, Barbara Barnes, because she was too soft on him.
More than 30 people reportedly left the service of Charles and Diana in the five years following their marriage.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK