Prince William Says Walk Behind Queen’s Coffin Reminded Him Of Diana’s Funeral

Prince William mentioned that strolling behind Queen Elizabeth’s coffin on Wednesday reminded him of his mom Princess Diana’s funeral 25 years in the past.

The royal spoke throughout his and Kate Middleton’s first solo outing as the brand new Prince and Princess of Wales on Thursday.

The couple visited Sandringham, the place they spoke with crowds and considered playing cards and flowers left at Norwich Gates.

William added that strolling behind his grandmother’s coffin in the course of the procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Corridor was “very difficult.”

“Don’t cry now, you’ll start me,” he advised a girl who was current, according to a reporter who attended the engagement. Talking of his and the Princess of Wales’ kids, he mentioned that whereas Prince George understood the loss of his great-grandmother, it was tougher for Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to understand.

The Prince and Princess of Wales view floral tributes at Sandringham on Sept. 15 in King’s Lynn, England.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting Sandringham to view tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on Sept. 8.
The Prince and Princess of Wales are visiting Sandringham to view tributes to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Fortress on Sept. 8.

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Each William and Prince Harry walked behind their mom’s coffin when William was simply 15 and Harry was 12.

The younger boys have been joined by their grandfather, Prince Philip, Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, and their father, Prince Charles.

In a 2017 documentary, William advised the BBC in regards to the “very long, lonely walk” behind Diana’s coffin, calling it “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

The prince mentioned he tried to make use of his hair to cover, as a result of he “felt if I looked at the floor and my hair came down over my face, no one could see me.”

He mentioned it wasn’t “an easy decision” to hitch the procession, and described it as a “sort of collective family decision to do that.”

“There is that balance between duty and family, and that’s what we had to do,” William added. However there was a distinction “between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the private William who just wanted to go into a room and cry, who’d lost his mother.”

Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Sept. 6, 1997.
Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles comply with the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Sept. 6, 1997.

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Prince Harry has beforehand spoken out in regards to the stroll, telling Newsweek in 2017, “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.”

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances,” the prince mentioned, because the interviewer mentioned his confronted hardened recalling the reminiscence. “I don’t think it would happen today.”

In an interview with the BBC two months after the Newsweek feedback, the prince later mentioned he didn’t “have an opinion whether that was right or wrong” to hitch the stroll, and mentioned he was “very glad” to have been part of the day.

Harry and William reunited on Wednesday to stroll behind their grandmother’s coffin. The 2 walked facet by facet, which was a departure from the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip final 12 months.

Prince William (left) and Prince Harry, the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales, bow their heads as their mother's coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral service.
Prince William (left) and Prince Harry, the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales, bow their heads as their mom’s coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral service.

The 2 have been separated by a cousin, Peter Phillips, in the course of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which was pared down as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Queen Elizabeth died “peacefully” on Thursday at Balmoral in Scotland on the age of 96. Her state funeral will happen Monday at Westminster Abbey. Over 2,000 friends are anticipated to attend.

After the service at Westminster Abbey, the queen’s coffin will journey to Windsor Fortress for its last resting place at King George VI Memorial Chapel. She can be buried alongside her late husband, Philip, whose coffin will transfer to hitch hers.