Princess Diana: William & Harry

Prince William
The Heir....

The birth of Prince William

On November 5, 1981, Diana's first pregnancy was officially announced, and she openly discussed it with members of the press.  On June 21, 1982, at St. Mary's Hospital, after 16 hours of labour, Diana gave birth to her first son, Prince William.  He was the first heir to the British throne to be born in a hospital.  William was an induced delivery - scheduled around Prince Charles' summer polo diary.  There was some controversy in the media when she decided to take William, still a baby, on her first major overseas visit to Australia and New Zealand soon after. But that was later popularly applauded.  Although called Wills for short, this was where William got his other playful moniker - Wombat.


  • Prince William was born on June 21, 1982
  • Complete name: William Arthur Philip Louis
  • He was the first British heir to be born in a hospital
  • Diana admitted to hurling herself down the stairs while pregnant with William in an attempt to get Charles' attention

Family picture 1984Prince Harry
The Spare

Diana fulfilled her royal obligation of producing an heir and a spare.  Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984 after 9 hours of labour.  Although their marriage had already started hitting rocky patches, Diana considered her pregnancy time with Harry among their happiest as a couple.  Charles had hoped for a girl, but was nevertheless pleased with Harry.  He quickly noted the Spencer red hair.  


  • Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984
  • Complete name: Henry Charles Albert David
  • He was born in the same room at St. Mary's Hospital as William
  • The time around Harry's pregnancy was the happiest Charles and Diana were as a couple
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