Princess Diana plays with Prince William as Prince Charles looks on at Kensington Palace in London, U.K., on Dec. 22, 1982.
With Prince William during a visit to Auckland, New Zealand on April 23, 1983.
With Prince William in 1983.
With Prince Harry at St. Mary’s Hospital in London in September 1984.
Poses with Prince William for an official photograph in 1984.
With Prince Harry on his first visit to Balmoral Castle in Scotland in March 1985.
In Kensington Palace on Oct. 4, 1985.
Princess Diana helping Prince William with a jigsaw puzzle in his playroom at Kensington Palace in London on Oct. 22, 1985.
With Princes Harry (L) and William at the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, U.K. on July 18, 1986.
In The Gardens Of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, U.K. in 1986.
At their Highgrove House in Gloucestershire on July 18, 1986.
With Prince William on his pony at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire on July 18, 1986.
At Aberdeen Airport on Aug. 14, 1986.
With Princes William and Harry in police uniform on a BMW motorbike in 1987.
With Prince William watching Prince Charles play polo at Smith’s Lawn, Windsor, on May 31, 1987.
During a holiday in Majorca, Spain on Aug. 10, 1987.
With Prince Harry on the banks of the River Dee, near Balmoral Castle, Scotland, during a summer vacation on Aug. 18, 1987
Prince Harry sticks his tongue out much to the surprise of his mother at the trooping the colour with Prince William (L), Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Rose Windsor at the Buckingham Palace on June 11, 1988.
During a family holiday in Majorca, Spain in August 1988.
At the Aberdeen Airport in Scotland on Aug. 14, 1989.
During a holiday to Isles of Scilly in the U.K. in 1989.
During a spring holiday at Necker Island on April 11, 1990.
Drops her sons at Wetherby School in London on April 25, 1990.
Arrives at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Sept. 4, 1990.
Outside Wetherby School in London in September 1990.
During the women’s final match at 1991 Wimbledon Championship in London.
On a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria on April 10, 1991.
On a skiing holiday in Lech, Austria in 1993.
After riding a log flume at Thorpe Park, U.K., in April 1993.
At Thorpe Park with Prince Harry in April 1993.
Preparing to take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh during a holiday in Lech, Austria on March 27, 1994.
With Prince Harry during the 1994 British Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit.
During the Heads of State VE Remembrance Service in Hyde Park in London on May 7, 1995.
Attending the V-J Day’s 50th anniversary celebrations in London on Aug. 19, 1995.
During Prince William’s first day at Eton College in Windsor, U.K., on Sept. 16, 1995.
During Prince William’s first day at Eton College on Sept. 16, 1995, in Windsor.
While jet skiing during a holiday in Saint-Tropez, France, on July 17, 1997.
With Prince William after having lunch at La Famiglia in Chelsea, London, on Aug. 21, 1997.
Even the royal family enjoys the holidays — perhaps even a little too much.
The late Princess Diana’s spirit may live on to celebrate Christmas through a bad habit of Prince William’s that he picked up from his mother — opening Christmas gifts early.
In a 1990 letter to a friend, Diana admitted “a parcel of any shape or form has never been safe with me.”
Furthermore, she said that William, now 38, was following in her footsteps.
“I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places,” she added,” according to People magazine.
The Christmas holiday was a special one for the young princes, the latter explained.
“The boys are thrilled at the prospect of Christmas on the horizon and have searched high and low for any parcels that might be coming their way!” Diana wrote.
Diana, Princess of Wales, poses with her son Prince William at Kensington Palace, 22nd December 1982. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The outlet reports that the royal family generally spends Christmas Eve exchanging cheap gag gifts with one another, which Diana apparently wasn’t aware of in 1981.
The newlywed gave her sister-in-law, Princess Anne, an expensive cashmere sweater, while the princess gave Diana a toilet paper cover. Diana eventually caught on, however, and once put fake dog poo in Harry’s stocking.
Christmas looks a little different for the royal family this year, as they will not be assembling at Sandringham Estate, according to People. They will be celebrating separately because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will stay at Windsor Castle while William and his wife Kate Middleton and their three children will remain at Anmer Hall in Norfolk.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will remain in California with their son Archie for the holiday.