Prince William's Birth Was Induced

Royal Birth Watch: William Was Induced, Said Princess Diana
Princess Diana (left) and the Duchess of Cambridge
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updated 07/19/2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

originally published 07/19/2013 01:30PM

Mirroring the past?

When his mother Princess Diana gave birth to him on June 21, 1982, Prince William "had to be induced, because I couldn't handle the press pressure any longer, it was becoming unbearable," Diana later told her confidant, journalist Andrew Morton.

"It was as if everybody was monitoring every day for me," she said.

While the latest news on Kate's delivery, as PEOPLE reported earlier Friday, is that the great wait continues, it was also noted that in the U.K., doctors don't tend to rush their patients into being induced (or having a more dramatic C-section) unless mothers-to-be go about a week to 10 days over.



Still, should the new royal prince or princess be induced, the baby would be following in the footsteps of father William. In other words, the precedent has been set.

"Anyway," Diana told Morton, according to transcripts of his taped conversations with her (that led to his 1992 bestseller, Diana: Her True Story, published five years before her death), "we went in very early. I was sick as a parrot the whole way through the labor, very bad labor."

(In a dig clearly aimed at her husband, Prince Charles, she also said, "When we had William we had to find a date in the diary [on the calendar] that suited him and his polo.")

Diana went on to say: "They wanted a Caesarean, no one told me this until afterwards. Anyway, the boy arrived, great excitement."

Additional reporting by SIMON PERRY

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