Children usually have a hard time waiting for Christmas morning to open their gifts, but Princess Diana admitted that she too had a hard time waiting to reveal her gifts even as an adult! And her eldest son, Prince William, apparently shares that trait.
"Sending any form has never been safe for me," Diana wrote in a letter to a friend in 1985. "And I fear that William also adopted this terrible habit from his mother, as I find the wrapping paper untied in the most unusual places."
Christmas has always been a special time for the royal family. When Prince William and Prince Harry were young, Diana and Prince Charles included many entertainment in royal duties, such as walking to church and greeting the audience, which the boys began to do at the age of 6 and 4, respectively.
In a 1990 letter, Princess Diana shared how much her sons love the holiday.
“Boys are thrilled with the prospect of Christmas on the horizon and have been looking everywhere for packages that might be on their way!” She wrote.
When it comes to celebrating with royal relatives, Diana once had a somewhat awkward start to the celebration. One of the royal customs is to exchange inexpensive gifts on Christmas Eve.
But, being a newlywed in 1981, Diana apparently did not receive the note and gave her daughter-in-law, Princess Anne, an expensive cashmere sweater. Anna gave her a toilet paper cover in return. But Diana quickly caught on, especially when it came to her sons. She once played a trick on Harry by stuffing fake dog fodder in his stocking!