Prince William and Prince Harry reportedly struggled walking behind their mom Princess Diana's casket during her funeral procession. King Charles regretted his decision when he witnessed how the incident affected his sons, according to a royal biographer.
Prince William And Prince Harry Angry After Being Forced To Grieve In Front Of Thousand Mourners?
Prince William was only 15, and Prince Harry was 12 when they lost their mom, Princess Diana. The late Princess of Wales died due to a car crash in Paris.
Her two sons joined Prince Philip, King Charles, and Charles Spencer in walking behind her casket. The move was reportedly difficult for the two young royals as thousands of mourners were watching them while they grieved their mom.
“I think both William and Harry thought, ‘Who are these strangers who never met her?'” royal biographer Christ told Us Weekly while promoting his book The King: The Life of Charles III. “So they were angry about what had happened. And Charles, I think, understands that to some extent he was responsible for them having to suffer through [that].”
When the Duke of Sussex reflected on the incident, he didn't hide his dismay. According to him, taking part in a funeral procession was something not suited for a child.
"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," he told Newsweek in June 2017. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today."
King Charles Haunted By Decision Allowing Sons To Walk Behind Princess Diana's Casket, Royal Biographer Claims
King Charles reportedly regretted his decision to make his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, joined him and the other senior royals in walking behind his ex-wife's coffin during her funeral procession. The new British monarch was remorseful when he realized how much it affected his children.
“I think it haunts him because it haunts them, and they’ve spoken about it,” Andersen explained. “I’ve written that I believe it’s a form of PTSD.”
Prince Harry previously said that the thought was "triggering" on his part. Even his uncle Charles Spencer wasn't proud of the decision to make them walk with them during Princess Diana's funeral, according to Andersen.
“[He said] it reminds him of that day when he had to walk behind the coffin, and they were more or less bullied into doing it by the palace — by the men in gray who really run the palace, the people that Diana used to complain about,” Andersen continued. “[Charles, Earl Spencer], Diana’s brother … has also said that he felt that he was tricked into doing it and regrets it. He said it was like walking through a tunnel of grief.”
Andersen's book The King: The Life of Charles III is out today.
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