Prince William says walking behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin brought back memories of Princess Diana’s funeral


A reporter at the scene spoke to a woman who had met William on Thursday and said the prince told her that his grandmother’s death brought back memories of his mother’s death, Diana, Princess of Wales,

William and his brother Prince Harry walk in a procession behind Diana’s coffin after her death following a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Photo: The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service in London on September 6, 1997.

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The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Westminster Abbey for her funeral service in London on September 6, 1997.
Photo: Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales and Britain's Prince Harry, walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022.

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Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Prince William, Prince of Wales and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, which is carried by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery’s Gun Carriage in a procession from Buckingham Palace was drawn during Palace of Westminster in London, September 14, 2022.

“He told us that yesterday was particularly difficult and reminded him of his mother’s funeral of Diana after the coffin,” said Jane Wells, who had come to Sandringham to plant flowers for the Queen. “He said it was very difficult.”

Wells continued, “I said, ‘Your mom would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing her grief with us,’ and he added, ‘I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother, the way people do. has responded.'”

Another man in the crowd told William that he was close to tears, to which he replied, according to reports, “Don’t cry now. You’ll get me started.”

William and Kate see an overflowing tribute of flowers for the Queen outside the gates of Sandringham, located close to their own country home, Anmer Hall, where they spend time as a family with their three children, Princess George and Louis and Princess Charlotte,

It is believed that Kate wore a pair of diamond and pearl droplets to Norfolk that belonged to the Queen.

Photo: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales lay wreaths at Sandringham in King's Lynn, England on September 15, 2022.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales lay wreaths at Sandringham in King’s Lynn, England on September 15, 2022.
Photo: Princess Catherine of Wales lays a wreath at Sandringham in King's Lynn, England on September 15, 2022.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales lays a wreath at Sandringham in King’s Lynn, England on September 15, 2022.

Norfolk is located about 100 miles from Windsor, England, where William and Kate now have their primary home on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen also spent most of her 70-year reign.

Photo: Prince William and the Princess of Wales pay a wreath to Queen Elizabeth II left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk on September 15, 2022.

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Prince William and the Princess of Wales pay a wreath to the late Queen Elizabeth II left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk on September 15, 2022.

In the 24 hours since the Queen’s coffin was carried from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, thousands have lined up in London to pay their respects. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch,

Photo: Members of the public file in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, September 15, 2022.

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Members of the public file in front of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London on September 15, 2022.

The Queen’s coffin will remain in state at Westminster Hall until her funeral at Westminster Abbey on 19 September.

Tributes like William and Kate, seen at Sandringham in the weeks since the Queen’s death, have risen across Britain.

Photo: Princess Anne, Princess Royal, greets members of the public during a visit to the Glasgow City Chambers to meet representatives of organizations of which Queen Elizabeth II was patron, in Glasgow, Scotland, September 15, 2022.

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Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, welcomes members of the public during a visit to the Glasgow City Chambers to meet representatives of the organizations of which Queen Elizabeth II was patron, in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 15, 2022.

Anne traveled with her mother’s coffin earlier this week from Balmoral Castle in Scotland to London, where the Queen died.

The Queen’s youngest child Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, spent time in Manchester, England on Thursday, where they looked at tributes left at St Ann’s Square and met with members of the community.

Photo: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, meet members of the public outside Manchester's Central Library, during a visit to the city, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Manchester, England, September 15, 2022.

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Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, meet members of the public outside Manchester’s Central Library, during a visit to the city, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Manchester, England, September 15, 2022.

Her state funeral is due to begin at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. local time on Monday, making the Queen the first sovereign to be cremated there since 1760.

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