Dateline | July 22, 2013
>>> with all of the excitement
this royal baby brings, there's of course one person who isn't
here to celebrate with william and kate .
>> i would love to have met her.
and she's been the first woman
to look up to.
>> diana would have turned 52 on
july 1st , quite young for a
but even in her absence, she
will have a profound influence
on this new baby.
as principle says of wales she
broke the mold for royal motherhood.
>> she was very much a part of her sons's lives.
>> in so many ways is seems that
william has learned from his
mother diana and is trying to
reflect her sense of how to be a
good parent rather than the
historic sense that comes from
>> back in 1981 , after dazzling
the world with their own
majestic royal wedding , prince
charles and princess diana faced
the same anticipation that
william and kate have
that pressure to produce the
next heir to the throne . then just three months after
their marriage, buckingham
palace announced that the princess was pregnant.
but she found that having a
child in the windsor family
wasn't so simple.
for centuries, royal babies had
been born inside the palace,
surrounded by members of the
royal court but not the father
>> when queen elizabeth gave
birth to her two first children
she was without her husband.
and she wasn't in hospital.
he was off playing squash.
and it wasn't the royal way to
go into hospital.
>> that royal way wasn't diana 's
so she broke protocol and headed
to st. mary 's in london.
that's when a new tradition was
>> diana was the first woman to
go into hospital to have her
son, william .
and she was the first one to
have her husband at her side.
>> it was june 21st , 1982 .
a crowd gathered outside st .
mary 's waiting for the big news, including press corps
photographer arthur edwards .
>> take me back to the day
prince william was born.
what do you remember?
>> it was a rainy day , miserable day.
i remember when prince charles
came out of the hospital just
after william had been born. about 10:30 at night.
he was so excited.
he was just unbelievably happy.
>> he's in marvelous form.
>> does the baby have any hair?
>> yes. fair.
>> fair hair ?
>> rather blondish.
>> as they left the doorstep of
st. mary 's, the royal couple
proudly displayed their son for
prince william 's arrival back in
1982 was cause for celebration
across the united kingdom as
well as a bit of humor when
queen elizabeth first saw her
grandson she reportedly quipped
"thank goodness he hasn't ears
like his father."
despite his stodgy image, prince
charles took an active role in
those early days.
andrew morton wrote " diana the
>> he virtually gave up royal
he was busy changing the
nappies, getting in the tub with
william at bathtime.
rather neglecting his beloved
garden at highgrove.
>> but behind palace walls,
diana and her older, more
conservative husband, clashed
over certain aspects of their
>> diana really found herself as
a woman by becoming a mother.
because she then felt able to be
and first choice was the baby's
prince charles wanted arthur.
she wanted william .
and guess who won.
>> she was also determined not
to let royal duties get in the
way of her parenting.
when prince charles was a young
boy, he rarely saw his mother
>> the queen and prince philip
went away for six months to new
zealand and australia this time
when charles was three years
old. it's almost unimaginable to us.
that separation at the crucial age of a child's life.
>> diana would have none of that.
so she and prince charles took
william on the royal tour to new
zealand and australia when he
was just nine months old.
>> we have these great pictures
of him crawling in --
>> into charles 's lap.
looking up at his father.
>> that was in new zealand .
they gave him a little toy, a
i went back with william to new
zealand at 2005 .
i said i photographed you with
that on the rug.
he said they put that little toy
bee in my room to remind me of
it. >> we could see a sequel.
william and kate are expected to
travel to australia and new
zealand next year.
and they just might bring baby
it's all in keeping with their
desire to be hands-on parents,
even fit means breaking the
royal rules like william 's mom.
>> up until diana , royal babies
were cared for by a range of
different people that would be
and so there is what a way in
which mother and baby felt
but with diana , there was a
desire to keep william by her side.
>> so when prince charles wanted
to bring on his long-time nanny,
diana stood her ground and hired
>> she had nannies for they're
her children, but there's a
diana was number one or chief
chick as she used to call
herself. and everybody else was just had
to sort of waddle around.
>> i remember at polo, william
rushed to neither edge where the
horses was and the nanny scolded him.
his face broke out into tears.
he ran to his mother and she
hugged him and she smoothed his
hair and calmed him down.
>> diana was a deeply protective
but she knew the press was
always eager for pictures.
as she and charles took william
on a stroll, the little prince
was just starting to see his
>> camera. camera.
>> living in that royal fish