The brother of Princess Diana, Earl Spencer, has said that he was lied to about her sons wanting to walk behind the coffin during the funeral.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today the Earl said that he was “lied to and told they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t.”
Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind Diana’s coffin alongside Prince Philip, Earl Spencer and Prince Charles.
“It was the worst part of the day by a considerable margin, walking behind my sister’s body with two boys who were obviously massively grieving their mother.”
The Earl said he pushed for William and Harry to not have to walk behind the coffin.
He said that it was not what Princess Diana would have wanted for them.
However, he said that “eventually I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t, but I didn’t realise that.”
Prince Harry was only 12 when his mother died. Speaking of walking in the funeral procession he said that no child “should be asked to do that.”
“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television.”
Earl Spencer has said that he still has nightmares to this day. Although he says that the funeral must have been a “million times worse” for Diana’s sons.
The end of next month will mark twenty years since Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash.
Her unexpected death provoked worldwide grief and sadness. The funeral was televised live. Over two billion people watched the television broadcast of her funeral making it one of the most watched events in history.