Princess Diana broke a number of royal traditions when she was still alive, and some of them had to do with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

For instance, the late Princess of Wales was a very hands-on mom to her two boys. While they were growing up, Princess Diana spent as much time as she could with Prince William and Prince Harry.

Prior to this, Queen Elizabeth II was known for not being very hands-on with her four children. But this may be because her role in the royal family was much different from that of Princess Diana.

Princess Diana also did not work much beyond her duties as a member of the British clan. As such, she was able to spend as much time she could with her sons.

Katrina Ames, a royal expert, wrote in Newsweek in 1997, “Inevitably, she left her children with nannies – just as she herself and so many other well-to-do British children have been left – but she tried to arrange her scheduled to match the boys.”

One of Princess Diana’s most favorite activities was to bring her children to school. Prince William was the first heir to the throne to attend public school. According to George Hackett, a royal expert, Prince William studied at Jane Mynor’s nursery school near Kensington Palace because Princess Diana worked in a nursery school herself.

Princess Diana also became the first member of the royal family to expose her children to a non-royal kind of life. Prince Charles’ ex-wife took her sons to fast food chains and allowed them to eat burgers and fries. She also took them everywhere in the world and taught them how to ride their bicycle.

Unfortunately for Prince William and Prince Harry, they only had a few years to share with Princess Diana because she died on Aug. 31, 1997, following a fatal car crash in Paris. At that time, she was with her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, who also passed away in the accident.