And despite the stormy relationship between Charles and Diana and their eventual high-profile divorce, the princes by all accounts enjoyed a very loving childhood. Diana refused to let her boys be raised by royal nannies, and so she would try to arrange her own schedule around their school activities.
It’s fair to say that pre-Diana, the royal family had not known been known for their parenting skills. In fact, from around the time of Queen Victoria, the monarchs of Britain had more often than not neglected their young children and seen them as heirs and little else. However Diana, with her warm approach to her sons, changed all that.
But the childhood of Princes William and Harry came to an abrupt end on August 31, 1997. On that day, Diana got into her car in order to elude the paparazzi waiting for her outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris. But unfortunately, she never got out of that car alive. Her chauffeur was drunk, and she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. And so when the car crashed at high speed in a tunnel, the Princess didn’t stand a chance.