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The clever trick Prince Charles used to get his sons to smile during photo-shoots

Luckily for photographers, Prince Charles used to have a genius way of making his sons William and Harry giggle during official portrait sessions. 


It’s not always easy to get children and babies to smile for pictures. And our British royal youngsters are no different from this.

An image taken in October 1985 shows the Prince of Wales, Charles adorably playing peek-a-boo with his children. And the results are priceless. The result was super cute photos of Prince William stifling his laughter while his brother Prince Harry chuckles.

Prince Charles was assisting photographer Tim Graham at the home shoot.

It took place at Kensington Palace shortly after the Duke of Sussex’s first birthday. Prince William was aged three. Seeing a relaxed and off-duty Charles was a sweet change to the formality of his public appearances. The photos released in the eighties showed William and Harry tinkling the ivories while their mother, Diana proudly watched on.

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Other snaps showed the royal brothers sitting on rocking horses. While a particularly sweet one was of William helping Harry walk. Princess Diana featured in more pictures, playing a game with her firstborn. The late Princess was adamant that William and Harry had as normal a childhood as possible.

And, she made sure they did.

The boys were educated at Jane Mynors’ nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School. And instead of following in the royal family’s tradition to send their children to Gordonstoun boarding school, Charles and Diana opted for nearby Eton. 

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The Princess also made sure that her boys had similar experiences to other youngsters their age. She would take them to McDonald’s and Disney World and let them play video games. Royal chef, Darren McGrady, who worked for Diana for four years until her death in 1997, has previously given an insight on the boys’ mealtimes.

Speaking about Diana’s parenting, Darren told The Royal UK:-

“She wasn’t strict at all. She let them be regular boys, young boys! There was always a battle between her and nanny. Nanny would say, ‘No, they’re eating their dinner, they’re having cabbage'”.

“And Diana would say, ‘No, if they’re with me and they want loaded potato skins and fried chicken then they can have that. And if they don’t eat it and they still want pudding, they can have that too’! She was much more relaxed than the Nanny”.

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