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Diana 'told royal advisors she was sending sons to a comprehensive'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 11/06/2020 Megan C. Hills
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The late Princess Diana is one of the most influential figures in Royal Family history, praised for everything from her charitable work to her style.

But she was also known for a hands-on parenting approach, aiming to give her sons as normal an upbringing as possible. Now a new documentary has revealed how she would reportedly “tease” her "stuffy" royal advisors.

Speaking in the Channel 5 documentary William & Kate: Too Good To Be True? royal author Tom Quinn recounted how Princess Diana rattled these advisors over her sons' education.

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It was expected that Prince Harry and Prince William would study at Eton College. However, Princess Diana reportedly used to say that she was going to send them elsewhere.

Quinn said, “I heard a wonderful story that Diana used to tease the rather stuffy old-guard advisors, who were themselves old Etonians.”

“She used to tease them and say, ‘I really think I must look at sending Wills and Harry to Holland Park Comprehensive School. It would do them good to be educated with ordinary children’,” Quinn continued.

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Princess Diana was known to rebel against the traditional constraints of her royal role, even once disguising herself as a man and sneaking into a gay bar with Freddie Mercury.

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On another occasion, her teenage son Prince William was the target of an hilarious prank on his 13th birthday. Diana invited a number of supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and more - who he apparently had posters of on his wall - and had them surprise him when he got home from school.

On top of that, former royal chef Darren McGrady revealed she had also arranged for a birthday cake shaped like "the biggest pair of boobs I've ever seen in my life" for her son and that he went "bright red" when it was presented to him.

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The full documentary revolves around the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s royal journey so far and is set to air on Saturday at 9.15pm on Channel 5.

In it, a number of royal experts provide an insight into what Princess Diana was like as a mother and how she helped prepare Prince William for his role as the future king.

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter said that she “made sure that William was very aware of his privilege”, explaining that the late princess used to take him with her to AIDS hospitals and homeless centres.

Arbiter said, “She wanted him to understand that with enormous privilege comes great responsibility.”

William & Kate: Too Good to be True? will air this Saturday at 9.15pm on Channel 5


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