King Charles’ biggest regret in life, according to Christopher Andersen’s new book, The King: The Life of Charles IIIIn 1997, they had Prince William and Prince Harry walk behind the coffin of their late mother, Princess Diana, during her funeral procession in 1997. The princes were just 15 and 12 years old, respectively, when their mother died, and according to Andersen, the moment is something that “haunts” the King. and his sons to this day.
The royal author reveals King Charles’ biggest regrets in a new book
Andersen went into more detail about the new king’s feelings when talking to him us weekly While promoting his new book, saying, “I think he’s chasing him because he’s chasing them, and they’ve talked about it.”
“I have written that I think it is a form of PTSD,” Andersen continued, before revealing that Prince Harry, now 38, had found it “motivating” to travel to London, as it brings back memories from the funeral. “He said it reminded him of that day when he had to walk behind the coffin, and they were somewhat bullied into doing so by the palace — by the gray-clothed men who really run the mansion, and the people Diana used to complain about,” he continued. “I think both William and Harry are thinking, ‘Who are these strangers they’ve never met?'” “So, they were angry about what happened. And I think Charles realizes that to some extent he was responsible for them having to suffer through that.”
Andersen added: “Diana’s brother also said he felt he was tricked into doing this and he regrets it.” He said it was like walking down a tunnel of grief. Previously told Princess Diana’s brother People in 2017 Diana’s story that he was worried about what he might do to the little princes – Harry in particular – saying, “I was so worried – what a shock for a little man walking behind his mother’s body. It’s just awful. And in fact, I tried to stop it from happening, to be honest.” .
Prince Harry discusses his mother’s funeral in his memoirs
Although we don’t know exactly what topics Prince Harry will discuss in his memoir The Bombextra, To be released on January 10, 2023, the publisher confirmed that the moment he and his older brother Prince William walked behind their mother’s coffin will be discussed. It would be the first time either of the brothers had gotten into such wonderful detail surrounding the events of the funeral (although they’ve touched upon it very briefly over the years) and it would be the first time we’d read about Prince Harry’s feelings before, during and after the funeral As well as his grief over the death of his mother.
“It was one of the most haunting images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in grief—and horror,” read a statement from Penguin Random House, which publishes the memoirs. “As Diana, Princess of Wales, was buried, billions wondered what princes should think and feel – and how their lives would end from that moment on.”
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Prince Harry’s previous comments on the late Princess Diana’s death
The diary wouldn’t be the first time Prince Harry has discussed his mother’s death or funeral. In a 2017 interview with NEWSWEEKThe Duke of Sussex said: “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long distance behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people who were watching me while millions watched me on TV. I don’t think any child should be asked to do so, under any circumstances. I don’t think that will happen today.”
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In a BBC documentary Diana, 7 daysPrince Harry revealed that it was a “collective decision” for the brothers to walk behind the coffin. “But before I knew it,” he said, “I found myself in a suit and a black tie and a white shirt, I suppose, and I was a part of it.” “Honestly, I have no opinion on whether it was right or wrong. I am glad I was a part of it. Looking at it now, I am so glad I was a part of it.”
Prince William previously discussed his mother’s funeral
The new Prince of Wales also briefly discussed his participation in his mother’s funeral. “It was not an easy decision, and it was a collective family decision to do it,” he said in the same documentary at the time. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But we were overwhelmed by the number of people that came out, it was unbelievable. There was this balance between duty and family, and that’s what we had to do.”
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