Prince Harry bought a first edition book for his nephew, Prince Louis, worth over £8,000 – an idea which was inspired by the memories of his late mother Princess Diana.
Ahead of Prince Louis' christening in 2018, Prince Harry decided he wanted to pass on a tradition that his mother had started as he gifted his nephew a first edition book of a well-loved children's story.
The Duke of Sussex wanted to remember Diana's love of collecting first editions of classic books and started to do the same for his two nephews and niece.
A friend of the royal family told the Mirror: "One of Harry's happiest childhood memories was being read a bedtime story by his mother.
"She loved all the old classics and Harry had the brilliant idea of starting a little library of first editions for Louis, Charlotte and George to enjoy as they get older.
"He originally wanted to get Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, which was on sale for £24,000, but decided Winnie-The-Pooh would be more suitable for a first tome. Robinson Crusoe was William’s favourite book, but Harry loved all things A.A. Milne."
The prince reportedly spent £8,000 on an original copy of A.A Milne's Winnie the Pooh from 1926, which was one of the original 30,000 printed in the first run.
The tradition of giving his nephews and niece gifts has continued to this day as it was reported last month that Prince Harry and Prince William still sent Christmas presents to each others' children – but not to each other.
Despite the tensions, the two brothers and their wives are said to have wanted to keep Christmas normal for their children by sending gifts for them.
Royal commentator Roya Nikkhah wrote in The Sunday Times last month: "In the absence of goodwill between the couples, William and Kate will not deprive three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, one, of a present under the tree.
"And in one royal tradition that Team Sussex is still on board with, Harry and Meghan have also dispatched gifts for George, Charlotte and Louis, who are nine, seven and four. There will be no presents exchanged between the adults."
William and Kate haven't had much chance to get to know Harry and Meghan's kids, after they moved to America with Archie in 2020, when he was just a baby.
Meghan fell pregnant and gave birth to Lilibet Diana whilst she was in the US, however, they celebrated the tot's first birthday in June of this year whilst in the UK attending the celebrations for the late Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
They threw a party for Lilibet in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, however, it is not believed that William, Kate or their children attended the event.
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