Princess Diana’s wish was always clear – she wanted her boys to have a normal life, or as normal as possible for heirs to the throne. This wasn’t always easy, as they had to attend official events from a young age and were constantly surrounded by security, palace staff and the media. But behind closed doors it was a very different story, and Diana got her wish with parts of her home life with Princes William and Harry. And while you might assume they spent their Saturday nights dining at top London restaurants or doing other exclusive things – their ritual was unbelievably normally, and identical to many homes up and down the country at the time. Away from royal duties, things were very different
Diana’s former butler and close friend Paul Burrell told about the trio’s “Saturday night ritual”. The loving mum would take her boys to McDonald’s, where they would order Big Macs and chips. They would then come home and sit on a giant stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in front of the TV and watch Blind Date. Mr Burrell said: “The three of them would nip to McDonald’s for a Big Mac and fries before coming back to watch Blind Date. All three of them would squat on this massive, stuffed hippopotamus Diana had in her sitting room.
Who didn’t love a bit of Blind Date?! “They loved Blind Date and I’d hear them all screaming things like “Oh don’t pick him!” and “Lorra, lorra fun”. “William and Harry also talk about pictures from two albums Diana made for each of them. “It was her giving them the story of their lives in pictures and they have their names in gold lettering on the front. “When they got married and had children of their own, she wanted them to show them – and I’m sure that’s what William is doing with George and Charlotte.” Sound familiar?
The boys reportedly loved McDonald’s, and last year the family’s former chef Darren McGrady recalled a day Princess Diana took them for a last minute treat. He said: “I remember the Princess [Diana] came into the kitchen one day and said, ‘Cancel lunch for the boys I’m taking them out, we’re going to McDonald’s. “And I said, ‘Oh my god your royal highness, I can do that, I can do burgers.’ And she said, ‘No, it’s the toy they want.'”