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Public Displays of Affection

Until Diana came along, the royal family had always been very proper in public. There was no holding hands, no kissing, and no hugging - so Diana's tactile nature tore up the rulebook on protocol, and her sons appreciate that still now. In 2017, Harry recalled in a documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's passing, "She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible. And being as short as I was then, there was no escape, you were there and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you. Even talking about it now I can feel the hugs that she used to give us."

While Harry has been known to offer hugs as he's greeting young fans, William is always on hand for a kiss and a cuddle with his children.

15 Major Ways Princess Diana Changed the Royal Family

When 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer married into the royal family in 1981, there was much about the institution that had remained unchanged for decades, even centuries. As she began to feel her way through royal life, Diana's fresh, informal, and progressive style initially sent shock waves through the corridors of the palaces, but the changes she brought about have helped the family evolve with the times - and her children and grandchildren continue to benefit to this day. See 15 major ways Diana changed the royal family.


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