23 July 2013 by

9 Things Princess Diana Taught Prince William About Being A Parent

In this week's Grazia we welcome the arrival of Baby Cambridge and explore all facets of the royal birth from a pomp-free Christening to the lasting influence of the Duke of Cambridge's mother. Princess Diana may not be here to witness the celebrations following the birth of her first grandchild, but her approach to parenting is certainly something that will live on now that her son William is a father. Even before the Duchess of Cambridge delivered the royal heir yesterday, Diana's parental choices were emulated by the couple in their choice of hospital, the very same place where she gave birth to him 31 years ago - the first heir to be born outside palace walls.

From visits to Thorpe Park to family cuddles, Diana always wished for her children to have as normal a childhood as two little boys in line for the throne possibly could and her loving nature made her a hit with the public. Those who have seen Kate say she has a strikingly similar touch to her mother-in-law and we've no doubt that the new mum, who is adamant that only immediate family will care for the baby in its early months, will be equally doting.

Ingrid Seward, editor of Majestymagazine told Grazia, "Diana blazed the trail for the modern royal mum and she suffered for it. The establishment didn't like it and they made life very difficult for her. I am quite sure that if it wasn't for Diana, William would have been pushed towards a more aristocratic bride. This meant that, as a child, William was allowed to have his own life - he went to sleepovers and was able to choose his own friends. That was the making of the man you see today. I'm sure Kate is very grateful for that".

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