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


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

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

PICTURED: 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 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 on September 6, 1997 in London.
PICTURED: Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, 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, Prince of Wales and Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex walk behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, pulled by a cannon carriage from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, during a procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, London, September 14, 2022.

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

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

Another person in the crowd told William she was on the verge of tears, to which he reportedly replied, “Don’t cry now. You are going to throw me.

William and Kate saw a flower-brimming tribute for the Queen outside the gates of Sandringham, which is located close to their own country home, Anmer Hall, where they spend family time with their three children, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

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

PHOTO: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales view 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 attend floral tributes at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King’s Lynn, England.
PICTURED: Catherine, Princess of Wales pays her respects with flowers at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King's Lynn, England.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales pays her respects with flowers at Sandringham on September 15, 2022 in King’s Lynn, England.

Norfolk is located around 100 miles from Windsor, England, where William and Kate now have their primary residence on the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen has 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.

Within 24 hours of the transfer of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, thousands lined up in London to pay their respects. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

PICTURED: Members of the public walk past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster, London, September 15, 2022.

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

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

Tributes like the ones William and Kate saw at Sandringham have mushroomed across the UK in the week since the Queen’s death.

PICTURED: Princess Anne, the Princess Royal greets members of the public during a visit to 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, greets members of the public during a visit to Glasgow City Chambers to meet representatives of organizations of which Queen Elizabeth II was patron, 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, Countess of Wessex, spent time Thursday in Manchester, England, where they viewed the tributes in St. Ann’s Square and met members of the community.

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

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

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

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