Diana put princes William and Harry in ‘bizarre costumes’, new photo shows
Diana, Princess of Wales’, love of dressing up her sons in “bizarre” costumes is revealed in a photo published for the first time to mark a landmark documentary about her life.
Proud mother Diana appeared to like nothing better than putting the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in matching outfits or themed clothes when they were boys – which to this day has left the royal brothers wondering why.
In the picture, William and Harry are dressed as policemen with toy helmets, ties and utility belts with walkie-talkies.
Harry has a confident pose with his hands on his hips while his brother squints at the photographer who is thought to be their mother.
The documentary called Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997.
In the film, Harry said: “[It’s] one thing I would love to ask her now, because I genuinely think that she got satisfaction out of dressing myself and William up in the most bizarre outfits, normally matching.
“It was weird shorts and you know like, little sort of shiny shoes with the old clip on. Looking back at the photos it just makes me laugh – I just think: ‘How could you do that to us?’
“And then funnily enough, we got to the age when William would turn round and go: ‘Oh, this is ridiculous, you know, I’m the older brother, why do I have to be dressed the same as him?’
“And I’m sort of sitting there going: ‘Hang on a second, if you’re going to dress differently, I’m not going to be the only person dressed like this – this is just ridiculous.’ “
A second photograph, also from Diana’s personal album and discovered by her sons recently, has been published for the first time and shows the princess and Harry on the deck of the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Harry looks to be about six to nine months old, but William, who would only have been about three or less at the time, is credited with taking the picture.
Diana, casually dressed in a blouse and trousers and wearing sunglasses, cradles Harry in her lap while they sit and play with some toys.
In the documentary, the princess spoke of their regret over the last conversation they had with their mother, saying the telephone call was “desperately rushed”.
“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later’ … if I’d known now, obviously, what was going to happen, I wouldn’t have been so blase about it and everything else,” Prince William said.
Prince Harry said: “It was her speaking from Paris, I can’t really necessarily remember what I said but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was.”
Nick Kent, the film’s executive producer, told Reuters he believed the documentary offered a glimpse of “the private Diana”.
“Nobody has ever told this story from the point of view of the two people who knew her better than anyone else, and loved her the most: her sons.”
The princes recall their mother’s sense of humour, with Prince Harry describing her as “one of the naughtiest parents”.
They also recall the pain of their parents’ divorce and how they dealt with the news of her death and its aftermath.
While the film addresses aspects of Diana’s life such as her charity work involving HIV and landmines, it shies away from some other issues, such as extra-marital affairs.
However, the filmmakers said the British royals were very open and did not put any subject off-limits. Rather, they wanted to cover new ground and make a different type of film.
“What we had in mind is that, in years to come, Prince William and Prince Harry would be happy to show this film to their own children and say this is who your grandmother was”, Kent said.
A number of commemorative events have been planned to mark Diana’s death.
Source: theage com au
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