The whole world (well not the whole world, but a lot of people) have royal baby fever. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left the hospital with their newborn little prince and he is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful. And William and Kate are beaming just like any first time parents. They look so lovely and happy and so they should, it is a happy occasion.
But there’s something that bothers me a little every time something good happens for William — people will inevitably bring up Diana. And I get it. William was only a teenager when Diana tragically died in a car accident.
So when Will and Kate announced their engagement, there was the “oh Diana would have loved her”. When they got married “Diana would have loved to be there”. When it was announced they were expecting a baby “Diana would have been so excited”. And when the little prince was born this week “Diana would have loved to share this time with William, even though she would probably think 52 is too young to be a grandmother”. And it’s true, she would have loved to have been there for all those special occasions and I can guarantee you that William wishes she was there.
Which I guess is why it annoys me, he is already acutely aware of the fact that his mother is not there for these milestones in his life, so why is the media (and everyone else) constantly harping on about it and asking him.
Even though I don’t know William, I too lost my mother when I was a teenager and rightly or wrongly, I feel like that means that I am able to discuss this matter.
When I got engaged, on the way to share the news with my father, it suddenly struck me that I was engaged and I would never have a chance to tell my mum and I burst into tears. This has steadily happened throughout the planning process. But my being engaged and my eventual marriage is not about my mum not being there, it’s about me, DG and our love for each other. Yes, I will be very sad that she’s not there, but I don’t want to be reminded by others of it on my wedding day as I’ll already be thinking of it.
This isn’t me telling you not to think of Diana. It’s only natural that you should. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But this isn’t about Diana. This is about William, Catherine and their little prince.
Author’s note: Please don’t mistake this as me saying that you shouldn’t mention Diana or think of her. That’s totally fine. I just hope that if William and Catherine give any interviews, they aren’t asked about Diana.