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Media captionPrince Harry criticises the paparazzi for taking photographs of his mother “while she was still dying”

Prince Harry has said he is “very glad” he met the funeral cortege for his mother, Princess Diana.

Harry had previously answered strolling behind her coffin aged 12 was something no juvenile “should be asked to do”.

He has now told the BBC he doesn’t “have an opinion whether that was right or wrong”, but “looking back on it”, he is glad to have been part of the day.

The prince too paid tribute to “his fathers” for the practice he took care of them after Diana’s death in a auto crash.

“One of the hardest things for a parent is essential to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died, ” Harry said.

“How you deal with that I don’t know but, you are familiar, he was there for us.”

Harry and two brothers, Prince William, have spoken in a series of interviews leading up to the 20 th commemoration of their mother’s demise on 31 August.

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Princess Diana was killed in a gate-crash in Paris, aged 36, as the car she was in sped through the Pont de l’Alma passageway followed by paparazzi photographers.

At her inquest in 2008 it was ruled that the gross negligence of her driver, Henri Paul, who was drunkard, and the paparazzi were to blame for the disintegrate.

Prince Harry suggested: “One of the hardest things to come to words with is … … that the person or persons that chased her into the passage were the same beings that were taking photographs of her while she was still succumbing on the back seat of the car.”

‘Duty and family’

Prince William told Sunday’s 90 -minute documentary, Diana, 7 Day, marching behind his mother’s coffin was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done”.

The Duke of Cambridge, who was 15, remembered employing his fringe as a “safety blanket” during the “very long, lonely walk”.

“I find if I looked at the floor and my mane came down over my appearance , no-one could see me, ” he did.

“It wasn’t an easy decision and it was a kind of collective lineage decided not to do that … there is that balance between duty and family and that’s what we had to do.”

The balance, he lent, was “between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the private William who just wanted to go into a chamber and exclaim, who’d lost his mother”.

William and Harry were joined by their father-god, the Prince of Wales, granddad, the Duke of Edinburgh, and uncle, Earl Spencer, in the procession through London.

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Media captionPrince William says he wouldn’t tell the deaths among his mother smashed him

In June this year, Prince Harry was quoted in US magazine Newsweek saying he did not thoughts the same place “would happen today”, adding that no babe should be expected to do the same “under any circumstances”.

But speaking to the BBC, Harry echoed two brothers, describing the move as “a group decision”, and one that, in hindsight, he was happy with.

Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, recently described the decision to include the young rulers in the procession as “bizarre and inhuman“.


State of shock

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It is hard to look at the pictures of 15 -year-old William and 12 -year-old Harry treading behind their mother’s coffin and not wonder what was going through their young attentions – and now we know.

In this latest documentary celebrating Diana’s death, the two sovereigns describe being in a state of scandalize as beings grabbed and wailed at them.

Harry said he was glad “hes never” wept in public. William forever referred to “duty” – that was why he had to walk behind the coffin when an integrated part of him just wanted to go away and cry.

There are discovering revelations throughout – William describing his thankfulness that they stayed in Balmoral with the Queen, ensuring they had “privacy to mourn”.

In all the coverage in the lead-up to the commemoration, very little has been said about Prince Charles. But Harry shed some light on his father’s persona, supposing: “He was there for us … he tried to do his best.”


The princes also described recognizing their mom deeply distressed in its first year before her death after run-ins with photographers, who waited in “a pack” for her “every single time she went out”.

“And I entail a battalion, like a pack of hounds, followed her, chased her, beset her, called her epithets, spat at her, is seeking to get a reaction to get that photo of her lashing out, get her upset, ” William said.

The documentary also includes interviews with Diana’s sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

‘Public opinion’

Mr Blair recollected being woken on the working day Diana croaked by a polouse at the hoof of his bed, and described his “shock” at discovering the “most famous person in the world” had died.

He said the Queen was “obviously very sad” where reference is firstly spoke to her, but that she also seemed to be aware, as he applied it, “there was going to be a risk that the country’s appreciation of loss turned to a sense of fury and grudge, and then altered against the monarchy”.

“She was concerned about the monarchy herself because the Queen has a very strong impulse about public opinion and how it plays, ” he said.

Diana, 7 Period, is likely to be broadcast on BBC One at 19:30 BST on Sunday, 27 August.

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