Note: This is not really about the Royal Wedding, but it is, a little bit. So don’t read through if you’re already weddinged-out.
It was only natural that during the Royal Wedding, as her son married the woman he loved, thoughts turned to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. And, of course, that was a given. I won’t even try to put into words how heartbreaking it is that she wasn’t there at such as an important event in her son’s life and see what mature, poised and outstanding young men (Harry, too, of course) her sons grew up to become.
While it was only natural to remember the remarkable woman her sons and the world lost too soon, what was unnatural to me was how there was little mention of the man who’s had to raise William and Harry alone since that tragic August night in Paris. It could not have been easy for Prince Charles to lose his partner (divorce or not) in raising his sons at such crucial points in their lives (15 and 13 years old). True, there have been blips along the way, but considering the intense media scrutiny, the proximity of his sons to temptation and vice, and the pressure from their positions, Princes Charles no doubt deserves a lot of credit for the brave, upstanding and compassionate men Princes William and Harry have grown up to be.
We might not all have forgiven Charles for his treatment of Diana. But one look at his sons saluting the British flags along the carriage route or Harry jokingly whispering to his brother at the altar or William walking down the aisle with the woman he’s loved for eight years and you cannot deny that the Prince of Wales have raised his sons quite well, under the most difficult of circumstances. William and Harry may be Diana’s legacies, but they’re Charles’ sons, too.
Photo credits: Mario Testino for the father and sons photos. Photos of Diana with her sons were found via Google Images, I can’t seem to trace back to the original source/photographer.