Prince George got this sweet quality from 'Granny Diana'

Princess Diana
Princess Diana
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  • Prince George is "funny and feisty and cheeky" says his godmother, Julia Samuels.
  • Julia was a close friend of Princess Diana and says she tries to keep the royal's memory alive by making George laugh with the gifts she gives him that would drive any parent crazy.
  • "She would have loved him so much," Julia says as she reflects on Diana's warm and loving personality.


It's no secret that Princess Diana had a rather mischievous side to her.

Remember that time she snuck into a gay bar and nightclub dressed in drag with Freddie Mercury on her arm?

Or the time she organised a supermodel surprise for a teenage Prince William with help from Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington?

Prince William said the incident left him "bright red". "I think I pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up. I was completely and utterly sort of awestruck."

About his mother, the Duke of Cambridge recalled: "That's lived with me forever about her loving and embarrassing and sort of, you know being — being sort of the joker."

Well, it seems Diana's most endearing personality trait has been passed down to none other than the future king – and no, we're not actually talking about Prince William.

Julia Samuel, a close friend of Princess Diana and godmother to Princes George, recently revealed on the podcast How To Fail With Elizabeth Day that the six-year-old royal is "funny and feisty and cheeky" just like his grandmother was.

"She would have loved him so much," Julia said.

She revealed the hilarious way she keeps Diana's spirit alive with little George, saying: "I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making. I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that.

"That makes me laugh, and it makes George laugh," she said.

Speaking of her friend, she added: "She had an absolutely fantastic laugh. It was a sort of giggle and it was cheeky and it kind of lit up the room. And also she was a fantastic hugger.

"By being as open and honest and vulnerable and authentic as she was, it changed the world and it certainly changed Great Britain. She had an absolutely lasting effect on us."

Not too long ago Prince William also opened up about keeping 'Granny Diana' in his childrens' lives saying he often tells them bedtime stories about their late grandmother.

He added that she'd have been a "nightmare" around the kids though.

"She'd be a nightmare grandmother, absolute nightmare," he said. "She'd love the children to bits, but she'd be an absolute nightmare. She'd come and go, and she'd come in probably at bath time, cause an amazing amount of scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place and – and then leave."