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Old 06-18-2016, 02:29 AM
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I agree, the most cursory look at her life shows her spending a lot of time with the boys, taking them out places, being involved in sports iwth them.spending as much time with them as she possibly could. Some freinds did even say to her that she went to Eton too much to see William, that it was embarrassing for a boy to have his mum popping in so much, but I think she really adored her boys and wished that she could spend more time with them.
With all her best intentions Diana could easily have caused friction with her sons at later age, for being a too omnipresent and pushy mom, not giving them room to breathe and to explore their own life without mummy (or mummy's spies) watching. My mother always says to me: "With the best intentions one can cause World War III".

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Old 06-18-2016, 03:02 AM
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I like the way you put that Duc. Perhaps that is why with raising my three I adopted the motto "the job of a parent is to become unnecessary to the child". Came from having an overprotective and doting mother which I miss dearly every day.

I'm thinking that perhaps Diana's closeness with her children during the bad years leading up to the divorce could possibly just be an affirmation to herself and to her boys that they still needed each other and loved each other. No child ever really escapes unscathed from their parents separating and divorcing and each couple handles it in their own ways.

BTW: I can relate to this experience as my ex and I went through separation and divorce while my three were teenagers. There's no easy answers.
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She may have been doting but I would hardly say she wa over protective, just sensible. I dont believe she would have stopped the boys from doing what they wanted to do.. she just loved them and wanted to spend time wth them.. and Im sure she would rather that they had been able to go to a day school and not be away form her so much. I can't see anything wrong with that. So to say that she didn't spend quality time with them is just not the case
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Old 06-18-2016, 04:22 AM
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Diana was just a loving and protective mother. She loved her kids and her kids loved her. That's pretty much it.
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These are beautiful photos of Diana with her sons. Very sweet, especially when it's remembered that Diana wasn't even 21 when William was born.
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:40 AM
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Hearing about how Diana was too dependent on William especially, I often think she would be a very difficult mother in law, similar to Marie Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:57 AM
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Hearing about how Diana was too dependent on William especially, I often think she would be a very difficult mother in law, similar to Marie Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond.

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Old 07-04-2016, 01:32 AM
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I've never heard that Diana was "too dependent" on William - I have heard that William was quite protective of his mother, but how that translates into her dependence upon him and the assumption that she would one day become be a difficult mother-in-law is beyond me.
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:28 AM
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Hearing about how Diana was too dependent on William especially, I often think she would be a very difficult mother in law, similar to Marie Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond.
How could Diana be too dependent on William? He was still an adolescent boy when she died.
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Diana allegedly had a habit of sharing her troubles through out the War of the Wales with her eldest son. If this is true then IMO William was too young to be in that role.

As for being a difficult mother-in-law, I believe we will never know if that prediction would have come true.
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Old 07-04-2016, 12:39 PM
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There's so many years between her unfortunate death and her son's engagement/marriage that loads could have happened in these years had she not had the accident and imo it's impossible to judge what kind of mother-in-law she would have been at the time W&K got together

But this is hardly "news", so a bit of a stretch in a thread with this name
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I've never heard that Diana was "too dependent" on William - I have heard that William was quite protective of his mother, but how that translates into her dependence upon him and the assumption that she would one day become be a difficult mother-in-law is beyond me.
I think she did lean on him a bit, and should have not done so. But older children, where a mother is left alone like that, often end up being "leaned on!". It happens.
She might have been a possessive mother in law but who could say? She might have had other interests by the time Will was getting married.. I think this is just a bashing Diana stick to say this...
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Diana allegedly had a habit of sharing her troubles through out the War of the Wales with her eldest son. If this is true then IMO William was too young to be in that role.

As for being a difficult mother-in-law, I believe we will never know if that prediction would have come true.
Yes apparently she also asked his opinion on her men and talked to him about her difficulties during the war, I also recall hearing that she would frequently fire he'd. Children's nannies sh . She thought they were getting to close to them....but I don't know if that is true because I just read that one of their nannies was with them for almost a decade.
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She didn't fire his nannies.. she fired ONE, partly because she was somewhat jealous because she hated being away from him, when he was little and I think it hurt her to see him being so close to someone else. But there were other issues.. I think she and the nanny disagreed over discipline, and there were other things as well.. I don't think she exactly fired her - it was Barbara barnes.. but she wanted her to move on.. However as I recall Ms Barnes had been around for some years, and I don't believe that Will was traumatised by this.. He's always remained fond of his nannies and in touch with htem. Seems like while I am wiling to agree that Di did some stupid and selfish things.. so many people seem to be just always ready to criticise her.
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Love these pictures. Loved that outfit. She was so elegant and regal wasn't she? And so natural and down to earth at the same time.
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She was indeed. Diana was one of a kind. The people around on that day can probably still remember it and her with fondness.
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