Prince William has revealed how walking behind his grandmother the Queen’s coffin yesterday brought back memories of his mother Diana’s funeral.
Prince William and Prince Harry put aside their differences as they walked in solidarity together behind The Queen’s coffin on her journey to Westminster Hall.
The brothers, who have had a strained relationship in recent years, walked united in grief during the Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where the coffin will now lie in state until the funeral on Monday September 19.
Dressed in a black morning suit, Harry walked alongside his older brother, who himself wore his military dress uniform as they joined their father King Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Princess Anne in the procession.
William and Harry walking together behind the Queen's coffin was a heartbreaking echo of the funeral of their mother, Princess Diana.
The brothers were aged 15 and 12 when they walked behind the coffin of their mother along with their father Charles on September 6, 1997.
Discussing the matter, the air to the throne said to a member of the public who'd laid down flowers for the Queen, as per The Mirror: “He told us yesterday had been particularly difficult and following the coffin had reminded him of his mother’s funeral, of Diana. He said it had been very difficult.”
They added: "I said your mother would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing your grief with us and he said, ‘I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother – the way people have reacted’.”
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Many echoed similar sentiments to the Prince of Wales after comparing photographs of him and his younger brother walking solemnly together behind their grandmother and mother's coffins.
Voicing their sympathy for the pair, one person wrote: “Harry was just 12 & William 15, when their mother Diana died. They had to walk behind their mother’s coffin with the world watching, at such tender & pivotal ages. None of us have had to do that with the world watching. So thoughts with them now. It will be triggering”.
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“Watching this now and my heart really aches for Prince William & Harry last time they had to walk behind a coffin was at their late mothers Princess Diana's funeral,” wrote someone else during today’s procession.
“William and Harry must be reliving Diana's funeral and that breaks my heart,” penned a third.
Another person went on: “This procession is making me a little weepy, and I don’t know why. Maybe seeing William and Harry walk behind the coffin reminds me of Diana’s funeral.”
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