The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a healthy baby boy on May 5 at Frogmore Cottage. After birth, they paid tribute to Princess Diana, who was known to be a fun mother who rebelled to let her kids have a normal childhood.
On Monday morning, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their first son, who has not been named yet, they went beyond what was expected of them and honored Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. They included a touching tribute to her in the statement released by the Kensington Palace.
The power couple informed the Queen about the birth first, as is the protocol, but also informed the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Diana's siblings Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and Earl Spencer.
Unlike his elder brother, Prince William, who had only informed The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, along with "members of both families" in April 2018 when Prince Louis was born, the Duke of Sussex went ahead and mentioned his maternal aunts and uncle.
The royal family also said that the Duchess of Sussex's mother, Doria Ragland, was with her at Frogmore Cottage during the process. The statement did not mention if her estranged father, Thomas Markle, was informed about the new addition to the family.
Prince Harry has very fond memories of his mother and it is a tragedy that she is not there to see her youngest son become a father. It is unfortunate that the grandmother wouldn't be able to share her pearls of wisdom with him about parenthood.
According to her eldest son, Prince William, she would have loved her grandchildren to bits. William had said in 2018 to Daily Mail that he talks about her with his children and "Granny Diana" would have really loved them.
She was a fun mother, it was revealed in the 2017 documentary Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, and she would have probably continued to be a source of light and laughter for her family even now had she lived.
She had once allowed the children to have impromptu go-kart tracks around Prince Charles's flower-beds at Highgrove and let the boys jump fully clothed into the swimming pool along with their bodyguards, according to Daily Mail. Her mischievous spirit made her one of the "naughtiest parents," according to Prince Harry. "Our mother was a total kid through and through...and she had a crazy laugh [which] was just pure happiness," he added.
She wanted her sons to experience more of life than the formal royal environment would allow. So, she let them have fun and rare treats that only a person with as much power as she could provide. However, she also made sure that they had fun through ordinary means and the now-fathers will carry those lessons with them to impart it to their children.
"She was a massive card writer," says William. "She loved the rudest cards you could imagine. Usually, she found something very embarrassing, a very funny card and then wrote very nice stuff inside. But I dared not open it in case the teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it," he said.
He remembers when one day he returned from school to find gorgeous women like Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford standing at the stairs at Kensington Palace and the teenager almost "fell down" while climbing the stairs. He had only dreamed of them and had photos of them up on the walls but his mother made it possible for him to meet them.
Those who know Prince Harry think that he is more like her and Diana would have been a good grandmother.
Emma Forbes, a UK radio and television presenter with links to the royal family, said that he would be an “amazing” father. “Harry’s the one that’s got so much of Diana in him,” she says, according to People.com. “I was actually thinking about that this morning – how tragic it is that she’s not alive because she’d be the most incredible grandmother.”
Until now, Harry has her in his heart. “She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world,” he says. “She smothered us with love, that’s for sure.”
And now, he can do the same for his son. He is already a good husband who is very appreciative of his wife. On Tuesday, when he spoke to the media at Windsor Castle he said, "I'm very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy this morning, a very healthy baby boy. It's been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine...This little thing is absolutely to die for." He added, "How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension." He sounds like a proud father and husband!
"But we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing, so we just wanted to share this with everybody," he added.
We would have to wait for the first view of the baby boy for two days since the family wants some private time to celebrate as well.
Princess Diana lives on in both her sons through their memories of her. "There are not many days that go by I don't think of her. I have a smile every now and again when someone says something, and I think, 'that's exactly what she would have said', or, 'she would have enjoyed that comment.' So they always live with you, people you lose, like that. And my mother lives with me every day. I give thanks that I was lucky enough to be her son and I got to know her for the 15 years that I did. She gave us the right tools and has prepared us well for life in the best way she could, not, obviously, knowing what was going to happen," Prince William said in the documentary.