Prince William has revealed that he was confused by the public’s reaction

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Former husband of Diana, Prince Charles, right, and their two sons Harry (centre) and William wait in front of the Westminster Abbey in London after the funeral ceremony of Princess of Wales Saturday September 6 1997.The body of the Pricess who died in a Paris car crash the previous Sunday was transported to a grave in her family estate following the funeral. (AP Photo/ Joel Robine) BRITAIN_DIANA_CG8.JPG
Former husband of Diana, Prince Charles, right, and their two sons Harry (centre) and William wait in front of the Westminster Abbey in London after the funeral ceremony of Princess of Wales Saturday September 6 1997.The body of the Pricess who died in a Paris car crash the previous Sunday was transported to a grave in her family estate following the funeral. (AP Photo/ Joel Robine) BRITAIN_DIANA_CG8.JPG

Prince William confused by funeral reaction ‘You didn’t know her’

Princess Diana’s eldest son Prince William has revealed that he was confused by the public’s outpouring of grief following her death in 1997 during tonight’s BBC documentary Diana, 7 Days.

Tony Blair at Princess Diana's funeral Photo (C) GETTY
Tony Blair at Princess Diana’s funeral Photo (C) GETTY

The 35-year-old Royal was just 15-years-old at the time of his mother’s funeral, and explained how he could not understand why people who had not even met Diana were shaken by her death.

In a new BBC documentary to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death, William told how he has come to realise how much a beacon of hope his mother really was to the public.

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death will take place next week Photo (C) GETTY
The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death will take place next week Photo (C) GETTY

William said: “It was a very alien environment. I couldn’t understand why everyone wanted to cry as loud as they did and show such emotion as they did when they didn’t really know our mother.

“I did feel a bit protective at times about that. I was like, ‘Well, you don’t even know… you didn’t even know her, why and how are you so upset?’

Princess Diana’s coffin with the Welsh Guard Photo (C) EPA
Princess Diana’s coffin with the Welsh Guard Photo (C) EPA

“But now looking back over the last few years I’ve learnt to understand what it was that she gave the world and what she gave a lot of people.”

He continued: “Back in the 90s there weren’t many public figures doing what she did and so she was this ray of light in a fairly grey world.”

Prince Harry added: “Hearing people screaming in the crowds. I think the broadcast news even today still talks about the silence.

Princess Diana, 7 Days Prince William reveals mother ‘walked beside him’ at funeral Photo (C) GETTY
Princess Diana, 7 Days Prince William reveals mother ‘walked beside him’ at funeral Photo (C) GETTY

“Of course there was a huge amount of silence, but what I remember is every 50 yards or whatever, certain people in the crowd just unable to contain their emotion. That was a big thing.”

I did feel a bit protective at times about that. I was like, ‘Well, you don’t even know… you didn’t even know her, why and how are you so upset?’
Prince WIlliam

Harry also revealed how he feels a need to “fill the holes” left following Diana’s passing.

Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince William accompanying Prince Harry on his first day at Mrs. Mynor's nursery school, London. 16th September 1987 Photo (C) GETTY
Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Prince William accompanying Prince Harry on his first day at Mrs. Mynor’s nursery school, London. 16th September 1987 Photo (C) GETTY

He said: “All I want to do is try and fill the holes that my mother has left, and between myself and William and everybody else that’s in those privileged positions, to try and make a difference.

“That’s what it’s about for us, trying to make a difference.”

Diana, 7 Days is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.

Prince Harry speaks out for the first time about the paps who photographed his mother dying “The people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying” Prince Harry has spoken for the first time about the paparazzi who pursued and took photographs of Princess Diana as she was dying after the car crash in Paris 20 years ago. Photo (C) SPLASHNEWS, GETTY
Prince Harry speaks out for the first time about the paps who photographed his mother dying
“The people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people who were taking photographs of her dying”
Prince Harry has spoken for the first time about the paparazzi who pursued and took photographs of Princess Diana as she was dying after the car crash in Paris 20 years ago. Photo (C) SPLASHNEWS, GETTY

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince William, Prince Harry, Fill the Holes, Everybody, Privileged Positions, Try and make a difference, People, Crowd, Contain, Emotion, Big thing, Screaming, Hearing People, Princess Diana Funeral, Princess Diana Funeral People Crowd

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