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How Prince Philip secretly comforted Prince William at Diana’s funeral

A brand new documentary airing this week sheds gentle on how the late Duke of Edinburgh comforted Prince William throughout Princess Diana’s funeral, 24 years in the past.

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father, which is because of air at 9pm on ITV on Tuesday, provides an intimate glimpse into life because the Queen’s husband, from colourised clips of the couple as newlyweds to extra solemn moments in his life. 

The Duke walked with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry behind the coffin of Princess Diana throughout her funeral on 6 September 1997, when the younger royals had been solely 15 and 12. 

Speaking within the documentary, Martin Palmer, who co-founded The Alliance of Religions and Conservation with Prince Philip, stated the late Duke of Edinburgh quietly comforted his grandson William by touching his again when he thought nobody may see them. 

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He defined that Prince Philip was eager to ensure the now Duke of Cambridge, 39 and Duke of Sussex, 37, didn’t develop up in a ‘dysfunctional’ household, the Telegraph reported. 

A new ITV documentary reveals how the Duke of Edinburgh, left, comforted Prince William Prince William, second left, during the funeral of Princess Diana on September 6 1997, when no one was looking (pictured with Earl Spencer, Prince Harry, then 12, and Prince Charles)

A brand new ITV documentary reveals how the Duke of Edinburgh, left, comforted Prince William Prince William, second left, through the funeral of Princess Diana on September 6 1997, when nobody was trying (pictured with Earl Spencer, Prince Harry, then 12, and Prince Charles)

‘There’s a second the place they go beneath the Horseguards Parade arch the place it’s fairly clear that Prince Philip – and I requested him about this he stated, “Yes, I didn’t suppose the cameras may see us” – at that time he turns to William and comforts him,’ Martin stated. 

‘You’ve simply received to look at that second and realise here’s a grandfather who’s attempting to assist his younger, very weak grandson wrestle via this terrible terrible second,’ he added. 

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‘He knew what it was prefer to be a member of a dysfunctional household and he tried his hardest to be sure that didn’t occur to his grandchildren,’ he added.  

Martin added it was not the Duke of Edinburgh’s thought to have the 2 younger boys stroll behind their mom’s coffin.  

Concerned Prince Philip offered to walk behind Diana's coffin in support of his grief-stricken grandsons (pictured on the day of the funeral with Prince William)

Concerned Prince Philip supplied to stroll behind Diana’s coffin in assist of his grief-stricken grandsons (pictured on the day of the funeral with Prince William) 

Prince Philip, who stated the funeral was in regards to the boys, supplied to stroll with them in assist. 

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His biographer, Gyles Brandreth, stated the Duke was not meant to participate, however did it as an act of grandfatherly kindness. 

The two princes had been meant to stroll behind Diana’s hearses with their father, the Prince of Wales, and their uncle, Earl Spencer.   

Royal writer Ingrid Seward stated William was reluctant to participate within the stroll at first, however Philip reportedly stated: ‘I’ll stroll if you happen to stroll’,’ The Sun reported in April. 

‘At first William flatly refused [to walk during the funeral]. Charles pleaded with him and stated that it will be completely unsuitable of him to not accompany them,’ she stated. 

‘Prince Philip weighed into the argument and ultimately William agreed to participate – however solely on the situation that his grandfather walked beside him.’

‘Philip reportedly stated: “It’s in regards to the boys. They’ve misplaced their mom”,’ she added.  

In the 2017 BBC Documentary Diana: Seven Days, each Prince William and Prince Harry mirrored on their mom’s funeral.  

Harry and William with their grandfather the Duke of Edinburg on 31 October 2015 during the Rugby World Cup final in London

Harry and William with their grandfather the Duke of Edinburg on 31 October 2015 through the Rugby World Cup closing in London 

William recounted how he struggled to seek out the ‘steadiness between me being Prince William and having to do my bit, versus the personal William who simply wished to go in a room and cry as a result of he’d misplaced his mom.’

Harry, who later stated no little one must be requested to stroll behind their mom’s coffin, stated in 2017: ‘Generally, I haven’t got an opinion on whether or not that was proper or unsuitable. I’m glad I used to be a part of it. Looking again on it now, I’m very glad I used to be a part of it.’

The Duke of Edinburgh additionally stepped as much as consolation the princes after their moms demise. 

Tina Brown, who wrote The Diana Chronicles in 2011, stated he supplied them ‘gruff tenderness and outside actions like stalking and climbing to tire them out.’ 

In April, each Prince Harry and Prince William walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin with their cousin Peter Phillips after he died in his sleep on April 9.  

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father airs at 9pm on ITV on Tuesday. 

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