The royal procession bringing Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to Westminster Abbey has brought back painful memories for her grandson, Prince William. 25 years ago, the new Prince of Wales had indeed followed in the streets of London the coffin of his mother Lady Diana, who tragically died in a car accident.
A particularly trying moment for Prince William. On Wednesday September 14, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II had to walk behind the coffin of the sovereign, during the royal procession bringing her remains to Westminster Abbey. Kate Middleton’s husband was surrounded by his father, King Charles III and his brother, Prince Harry.
A painful memory revived by the procession behind the coffin of Elizabeth II
Twenty-five years ago, on September 6, 1997, Harry and William followed their mother Diana’s coffin through the streets of London, filled with thousands of people. Then aged 15 and 13, the two teenagers paid a last tribute to Lady Di, who tragically died in a car accident in Paris, under the Alma bridge.
The royal procession for the queen has revived this painful memory of prince William, traumatized by the disappearance of Diana. During a meeting Thursday with the inhabitants of Sandringham, the new Prince of Wales thus evoked “a difficult moment” in a video of our colleagues from sky news.
“I was not so prepared”
He confessed that walking alongside his father, King Charles III and his brother Prince Harry behind his grandmother’s coffin had “brought back some memories”. “It’s one of those times when you thought I was prepared for this, but I’m not so prepared,” he explained. “It’s that kind of weird stuff…because we knew she was 96.”
Like William, Prince Harry was also lastingly marked by the procession behind the coffin of their mother Diana. In an interview with Newsweek In 2017, the husband of Meghan Markle said he did not think “that we should ask a child to do this, whatever the circumstances. I do not think that would happen today”.