First remark ‘Prince Charles made after Harry’s birth’ that caused Diana to ‘close off’
Diana revealed how she hid Harry’s gender from her husband after she saw on the scan as she knew he wanted a girl.
This month marks 20 years since the death of Diana , Princess of Wales.
With her story being brought back into the public consciousness, there is heightened interest in Diana’s life and struggles.
An extract from a biography written ‘in Diana’s own words’ is being shared ahead of the anniversary – revealing a remark Prince Charles allegedly made immediately after the birth of his second son, Prince Harry on September 15, 1984.
Diana also revealed in this extract how she hid Harry ‘s gender from Charles as she knew he was desperate to have a girl.
According to the book – written by Andrew Morton and using direct quotes from Diana taken from interviews in 1991 – Charles and his wife had been in “total darkness” between the births of William and Harry and she had blotted it out as it was “such pain”.
“However, Harry appeared by a miracle,” she said.
Six years before her tragic death, Diana admitted that she and Charles had been “very, very close to each other” in the six weeks leading up to Harry’s birth.
“Then suddenly as Harry was born it just went bang, our marriage, the whole thing went down the drain,” she confessed.
Charles’ ‘first comment’
Diana claims to reveal the first words out of her husband’s mouth, saying: “First comment was: ‘Oh God, it’s a boy’, second comment: ‘and he’s even got red hair.’
“Something inside me closed off,” she said.
Harry would have been around the age of seven at the time of Diana interviews. She said of the young prince: “Harry was a complete joy and is actually closer to his father than perhaps William at the moment.”
Hiding Harry’s gender
“I knew Harry was going to be a boy because I saw on the scan. Charles always wanted a girl,” Diana admitted.
“He wanted two children and he wanted a girl. I knew Harry was a boy and I didn’t tell him.
“Harry arrived, Harry had red hair, Harry was a boy.”
Charles’ ‘comment to Diana’s mother’
Diana didn’t stop there. She claimed that Charles took his discontent over not having a boy to her own mother at Harry’s christening.
She said: “[Prince] Charles went to talk to my mother at Harry’s christening and said: ‘We were so disappointed – we thought it would be a girl.’
Frances Kydd, who divorced from Diana’s father Viscount John Spencer in 1969, reportedly wasn’t best pleased with his comment.
“Mummy snapped his head off, saying: ‘You should realise how lucky you are to have a child that’s normal.’
“Ever since that day the shutters have come down and that’s what he does when he gets somebody answering back at him.”
Andrew Morton, unable to go to the palace to interview Diana in person, conducted ‘by proxy’ interviews instead.
He enlisted the help of mutual friend James Colthurst to present questions to the princess and recorded her answers on secret tapes.
It is widely thought Diana wanted to get her own story out before she was solely blamed for the divorce.
Source: dailyrecord co uk
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