Down-to-earth Diana labelled naughty Wills and Harry a nuisance, confidante reveals

Known to be a hand-on, natural mother, Diana broke the mould when it came to being a royal parent wanting her sons William and Harry to experience all the normalities of childhood including theme parks and supermarkets. And though, of course, she loved her sons dearly, her former protection officer Ken Wharfe reveals exclusively to OK! that even she sometimes found them a "nuisance".

Revealing the moment when he first met Diana at Sandringham in Norfolk, Ken shared that the late Princess told him, "“I don’t envy you doing this, Ken, looking after my children. They can be a bloody nuisance.” Ken shared that this was part of Diana's charm – the incredibly down to earth normal way in which she parented her two boys who were just 12 and 15 when they lost their mother.


Ken reveals: "[Diana] always banged on about wanting to be normal. What she wanted to do with her children was to try to educate them in a way which brought them closer to the real world of life – sleepovers, friends round from school, the cinema, London Underground, Sticky Fingers restaurant, Marks & Spencer."


And Diana's hands on approach could not have been more different from the one taken by her husband, Prince Charles. "The prince couldn’t understand it," Ken says. He also says that Diana liked involve the staff that were typically around at the palaces in her sons routines.

"The policeman, the chefs, they were all part of William and Harry's playmates," says Ken. But he reveals that Prince Charles had a rather different approach. "When Prince Charles was around it was a bit more royal. He wasn't as close to reality as Diana was," he said.


Ken says that a recent example when he saw Princess Diana's influence strongly shining through was when Prince William, now 40, warmly embraced the England women's football team when presenting them with their medals for winning the Euros.

And Ken thinks Diana would have been proud to see her son breaking royal protocol in this way. He says, "When the Lionesses won, when William presented the trophy, it wasn’t just a question of pushing the trophy into the captain’s hands. There was this extraordinary embrace, this broad smile across his face."

"If you want to know what Diana’s legacy was, look very closely at that clip. It was a Diana moment. Getting involved in such a way was exactly what she did. It was absolutely right."

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