According to reports, Diana would never look forward to her Christmases in Sandringham as "you just couldn’t get away."
Princess Diana was forced to spend her last Christmas without her sons Prince William and Prince Harry because Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth wanted to celebrate it with them. According to The News, royal chef Darren McGrady made the claim during his interview with French magazine 'Gala.'
"It was always pretty sad when you worked with the Princess on Christmas Eve," he shared. "William and Harry were going to Sandringham and Princess Diana was there, alone." She wanted her staff to spend time with their family on Christmas and this left her alone on the big holiday.
"She insisted that the staff spend time with their families for Christmas and that we leave the food in the refrigerator," he added. Many a time, the staffers would prepare meals for Princess Diana and would just reheat them before every meal.
According to reports, Diana would never look forward to her Christmases in Sandringham as "you just couldn’t get away." McGrady also revealed that "Sandringham was so tight, so compact. There were so many people there, all the families." He added, "You just couldn’t get away. You came out of the dining room and you couldn’t go into the sitting room because there were three or four people in there playing charades or Scrabble or something."
During these moments, Princess Diana "would go off for a walk on her own and often I would bump into her when she was out walking. So, I think that’s probably what she wasn’t keen on." For Diana, her world revolved around her sons. During her time in the Royal household, she redefined what it meant to be a loving and caring mother of the future heir to the British throne.
She made sure her sons had a life that was as normal as possible. "She always understood that there was life outside of palace walls," Prince William said according to ELLE. "My mother cherished those moments of privacy and being able to be that mother, rather than the Princess of Wales." Despite doing everything she could for her kids, the late princess always questioned her parenting skills.
"I worry about my sons. Am I a good mother? I don’t see them for months and then I spoil them rotten...Sometimes I’d like a time machine," she said during an interview with the British journalist, Petronella Wyatt. During a 1985 interview, she also noted, "Most importantly, [my role is] being a mother and a wife. That's what I try to achieve; whether I do is another thing, but I do try. I live for my sons. I would be lost without them." And clearly, she was every holiday, when they weren't with her.
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