Prince George’s godmother gives him ‘hilariously inconvenient’ presents in honour of Princess Diana


PRINCE George’s godmother has revealed how she honours Princess Diana with her choice of gifts for him.

Julia Samuel was speaking on podcast How to Fail with Elizabeth Day and explained how her late friend started the joke – which has now become tradition.

Julia Samuel at Wimbledon with her friend Princess Diana in 1994
Julia is now godmother to Prince George, eight

The 62-year-old, who is one of seven godparents to the future King, was a close friend of Diana and is the founder patron of the charity Child Bereavement UK.

Julia, a psychotherapist, paediatric counsellor and mum-of-four, explained how she always chooses the gift which is the most inconvenient but hilarious – in terms of noise and time needed to construct.

She says: “I do to George what [Diana] did to us. Which is give impossible toys which are really noisy, take a lot of making.”

Adding how it’s normally Prince William who bears the brunt, she says: “I come in slightly tipped by the size of the present that William then has to spend days putting together.

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“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.”

Julia went onto say how much Diana would have “loved” her eight-year-old grandson.

She adds: “He is amazing. He’s funny and feisty and cheeky and God [Diana] would have loved him so much. That is heartbreaking for all of them.”

Hands-on dad William recently revealed George is “fascinated” by computer games, so he and the Duchess of Cambridge are having to limit their kids’ screen time.

He spoke about George, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, to 20-year-old Harry Petch, Bafta’s 2021 Young Game Designer Mentor winner.

William said: “At the moment it’s trying to regulate the gaming…monitoring screen time. Got to be careful of that.

“They’re fascinated by it. George particularly. He’s more interested in it. The other two are a bit too small at the moment but they love the films.”

He added: “All that is creative. I adore film and gaming as well. I’m trying to get the next generation interested in it.”