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


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

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

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 on September 6, 1997 in London.

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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, to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service on September 6, 1997 in London.
PHOTO: Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Prince William, the Prince of Wales and Britain's Prince Harry walk behind Queen Elizabeth II's coffin during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster in London, September 14, 2022.

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Britain’s King Charles III, Britain’s Prince William, the Prince of Wales and Britain’s Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, walk behind Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin, pulled by a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, in London, September 14, 2022.

“He told us that yesterday had been particularly difficult and that following the coffin reminded him of his mother’s funeral, of Diana,” said Jane Wells, who came to lay flowers for the Queen at Sandringham. “He said it had been very difficult.”

Wells continued, “I said, ‘Your mom would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing your grief with us,’ and he said, ‘I learn she was everyone’s grandmother, the way people have reacted.’ “

Another person in the crowd told William she was close to tears, to which he reportedly replied, “Don’t cry now. You start with me.”

William and Kate watched an overflowing floral tribute to the Queen outside the gates of Sandringham, which is close to their own mansion, Anmer Hall, where they spend time as a family with their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

Kate is believed to have worn to Norfolk a pair of diamond and pearl earrings that belonged to the Queen.

PHOTO: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales watch floral tributes at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King's Lynn, England.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales watch floral tributes at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King’s Lynn, England.
PHOTO: Catherine, Princess of Wales views floral tribute at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King's Lynn, England.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales watches floral tributes at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King’s Lynn, England.

Norfolk is about 100 miles from Windsor, England, where William and Kate now have their main residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen also spent much of her time during her 70-year reign.

PHOTO: Prince William and the Princess of Wales view floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk, September 15, 2022.

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Prince William and the Princess of Wales view floral tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House in Norfolk, September 15, 2022.

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

PHOTO: Members of the public pass Queen Elizabeth II's casket at the Palace of Westminster, London, September 15, 2022.

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Members of the public pass Queen Elizabeth II’s casket at the Palace of Westminster, London, September 15, 2022.

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

Tributes like those watched William and Kate in Sandringham have grown in the UK in the week since the Queen’s death.

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

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

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

Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, spent time in Manchester, England, on Thursday, watching the tribute in St. Ann’s Square and meeting members of the community.

PHOTO: Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, meet members of the public outside Manchester Central Library, while visiting 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 the public outside Manchester 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 scheduled to begin Monday at 11 a.m. local time at Westminster Abbey, making the Queen the first sovereign to have a funeral there since 1760.

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