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Prince Philip behind ‘traumatic’ choice to have William and Harry walk behind Diana coffin

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Jennie Bond told Channel 5 that there was some pressure on the Royal Family to ensure the young Princes were seen walking behind their mother’s coffin. The royal expert added that Prince Harry feels it was not right for such a young lad and that the experience was traumatic for the Duke of Sussex. 

Ms Bond said: “There was some controversy around whether the boys should walk behind their mother’s coffin.

“There was some pressure from Downing Street that they should be seen to do so.

“In the end, I believe it is true that Philip said ‘if I walk with you William and Harry, will you walk?’

“So, they did walk behind their mother’s coffin.

“This is something that Harry feels to this day was not right for such a young lad and was very traumatic for him.

“There is a moment where the coffin passes below an archway and you can see Philip put a reassuring hand on William’s shoulder.

“He was there by their side and giving them some much-needed strength.”

Prince Philip has openly discussed his preference for his own funeral when the time comes. 

According to The Mirror, Prince Philip has “expressed a preference for something a little more simple”.

Royal reporter Zahra Mulroy explained: “He may be entitled to a full-blown state funeral, but the Duke has expressed a preference for something a little more simple – and he’s been closely involved with the arrangements, which are being coordinated by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace.”

She added: “Rather than lying in state at Westminster Abbey, it’s thought that the Duke’s body will lie at St James’ Palace instead, where Princess Diana lay for several days before her funeral in 1997.

“The public would not be allowed to view the body.

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“As for the funeral itself, it’s believed the guest list will be comparatively paired back with only family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries attending a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, in the style of a military funeral.”

The Independent also reported the Duke of Edinburgh does not want “the fuss” of a full state funeral.

Additionally, a 2013 Parliamentary document explained: “The process for deciding when a state funeral should be held for a person other than the Sovereign is relatively unclear, not least since it happens so rarely and at long historical intervals.

“There is no official process set out in public.”

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