"I love my sons. I would be lost without them." -Diana(8)
Diana had always longed for a big family. She wanted a normal upbringing as their like would allow for her boys. William was the first heir to go to kindergarten. Both boys went to school with other children, instead of being privately taught (5). When her boys were young, Diana took pride in doing school trips whenever she could (1).
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born June 21, 1982. Prince Henry Charles Albert David was born on September 15, 1984. Both were born at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in London (4). Motherhood was definitely made for Diana. It was a time of great fulfillment for her. Diana and her two sons would often spend long afternoons watching Prince Charles play polo (1).
As parents, Diana and Charles appeared blissfully at ease. "They were an unbeatable team," said Burrell. When Diana and the boys came to Highgrove, their weekend home, the house came to life. Diana would chase them and play hide-and-seek. The two boys would stay by her side all day. William and Harry were "confident, expressive boys" at a young age and not shy when talking with adults. Harry's trademark was his kindness. William and Diana both shared the desire to be normal (2).
Both Diana and Charles continued to share responsibility for their children following their separation and then divorce. Diana was still regarded as a member of the Royal family, being the mother of William, second in line for the throne (4). Following her marriage, Diana and the Queen exchanged numerous letters, many of which concerned the welfare of William and Harry, a subject they had in common (2).