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Old 05-29-2016, 04:15 PM
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And remember, the first pre-packaged meals were called "TV Dinners".
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:31 PM
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Having a very small, tiny little cabin, we don't even own a table. I have an island in the kitchen and we mostly eat our meals in the living room in comfortable chairs near the TV and computer.

I've read it several places that HM likes to dine informally at times on a tray in front of the TV and I'm sure I read where Diana would also do the same with the boys.
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:56 PM
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Banana ice cream? Eww, gross! Like that Diana spoiled her kids, and most of the food!
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Old 05-29-2016, 05:21 PM
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We have Banana ice cream in Australia and it's delicious.
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:59 PM
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Understood. I stand corrected, though I do own that I do it when solo. I just find it odd to do when one is dealing with family, young children and all. I don't find the description of Diana's eating habits with her children endearing. Quite the reverse. Yet another example of her unusual attitudes imo. If true and accurate. Can we trust the chef?

I have to admit that I flashed that the claim is made to make the royal appear more 'normal'. Alls it does for me is make it seem strange, because sitting eating in front of the television with your children is not being with one's children imo. Lost time, lost opportunity for conversation and catching-up.
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Old 05-30-2016, 08:04 PM
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Well many of us have memories of tv dinners and eating in front of the TV with our parents. The best times for me were when my parents watched the Superbowl together; I was bored so just listened to them talk.
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Old 05-30-2016, 08:11 PM
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Goodness are really discussing if Diana and the boys did or didn't eat dinner on a tray sometimes ? Time for me to check out for a while


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Old 05-30-2016, 11:39 PM
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Diana spent lots of quality time with her boys, taking them places, to friends, having fun with them. If she and they wanted to sometimes sit and watch TV and have supper together, so what!
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:25 AM
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Agree. I eat and watch TV with my partner all the time and we talk during the programme..
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Old 05-31-2016, 02:36 AM
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Hey! I made an off-the-wall observation that's really not important. Did not intend to offend anyone, truly.

I really have done too much reading on Diana and the constant litany of how 'normal' she wanted to be, and all that, gets wearing. She married into the peak of her social world and proceeded to complain about and denigrate the whole thing. I just had a conversation with one of my British friends and she gave me some context for it all.

Okay. I'm done. Carry on!
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Old 05-31-2016, 03:30 AM
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It seems a casual TV dinner is very popular. Time to move on now I think!
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Old 05-31-2016, 04:50 AM
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To be fair to Diana, she knew little of the world when she married Charles. She had been brought up by a "backwoods peer" who mostly lived in Norfolk on his estate and she had hardly been out of England, even. THen she lived a year or so in London again in a narrow upper class world. How coudl she know what else there was? She married into the world of the upper classes- without having much contact wtih any othter class. But her world was alos a good deal less formal than the social and family rituals of the RF.. She and the other Spencer girls didn't always eat at a formal table or dress for dinner, as teenagers, I think that Di often had a snack in the kitchen and wasn't into a fancy or formal social life, even when she left home. She liked to cook and clean in her flat, and Im sure she and her girlfriends ate casually, watching TV or on the run. So I dont think that she's to blame for finding the RF TOO formal and fussy and complaining about it to soem extent. WIll & Harry also live more casually than their father or older royals, shopping in the supermarket, preparing some of their own meals, going for a burger etc. Diana did take them places like that, and she made them wait in line, etc and NOT use their royal status to delay "ordinary people." I dotn think that Di's to be blamed for wanting a certain amount of "ordinariness" in her life and for her boys.. Somone like the Queen is never going to change but the next generation HAS changed..
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Old 05-31-2016, 05:45 AM
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No matter if you're a prince or a pauper, there isn't a kid between the ages of 8 and 80 that doesn't love the Magic Kingdom. As we were talking about how Diana wanted the boys to do things that a lot of other ordinary children get to do brought this trip to mind. Both parents had leaning towards being on stage and its no wonder that William would follow in their footsteps sooner or later.

This is quite a long video but its very entertaining.

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Diana spent lots of quality time with her boys, taking them places, to friends, having fun with them. If she and they wanted to sometimes sit and watch TV and have supper together, so what!
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.
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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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Old 06-18-2016, 03:51 AM
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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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Old 07-01-2016, 02:18 AM
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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, 02:46 PM
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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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