The late Diana, Princess of Wales was well-known for being a chief prankster in the Royal Family, and would often do cheeky things and buy naughty gifts for her two young sons.
While she famously invited three supermodels to Kensington Palace to embarrass Prince William and would reportedly spend hours shopping around for the funniest and most inappropriate gifts, Diana also loved to send the rudest cards to her son while he was at school.
The Prince of Wales was educated at Jane Mynors Nursery School, Wetherby School, Ludgrove Prep, Eton College, St Andrews University and Sandhurst Military Academy. He revealed exactly what he thought of his mother's pranks and how he had to hide them from his teachers.
Both Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken out numerous times over the years about the effect that Diana's tragic death had on them. Among the more difficult stories, the pair have also shared a number of light-hearted memories that they have of their mother.
In the documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, Prince William revealed what his mother would send him when he was at school to make him laugh.
He said: "She was a massive card writer and she loved the rudest cards you could imagine. I would be at school and I’d get a card from my mother. Usually, she found something you know, very embarrassing, very funny card, and then sort of written very nice stuff inside.
"But I didn’t open it in case teachers or anyone else in the class had seen it. She was very informal and really enjoyed the laughter and the fun."
In an appearance on Apple's podcast 'Time to Walk' last year, William touched on his difficult memories of being dropped off at boarding school by his mother. He remembered that Diana would play "all sorts of songs" to help him and Harry settle their anxieties on the drive back to school.
He said on the podcast: "One of the songs I massively remember and has stuck with me all this time – I to this day still quite enjoy it, secretly – is Tina Turner's 'The Best', because sitting in the backseat singing away, it felt like a real family moment," he said, recalling Diana "driving along, singing at the top of her voice.
"You'd be singing, listening to the music right the way up to the gates of school where they dropped you off, and that's when reality kind of sunk in: You really were going back to school, because before that you're lost in song.
"You want to play it again just to keep that family moment going. And when I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings me back lots of memories of my mother."
While Prince William has shared a number of thoughts over the years on his mother's death, Prince Harry has opened up about the effect her passing has had on his mental health. He spoke vividly on the documentary series 'The Me You Can’t See' which he co-created with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV.
The series saw Harry tell Winfrey that the trauma of the loss caused him to suffer anxiety and severe panic attacks from ages 28 to 32. Speaking to the camera, Harry revealed that the pain of his mother’s death led him to use alcohol and drugs to “mask” his emotions and to “feel less like I was feeling”.
He continued: “I was just all over the place mentally, every time I put a suit on and tie on … having to do the role, and go, ‘right, game face’, look in the mirror and say, ‘let’s go’. Before I even left the house I was pouring with sweat. I was in fight or flight mode.”
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