King Charles’ biggest regret in life, according to Christopher Andersen’s new book, The King: The Life of Charles IIImarched Prince William and Prince Harry behind the coffin of their late mother, Princess Diana, during her funeral procession in 1997. The princes were only 15 and 12 respectively when their mother died, and according to Andersen, the moment is something that “haunts” both the king and his sons to this day.
Royal author reveals King Charles’ greatest regret in new book
Andersen gave more details about the feelings of the new monarch when he spoke with We Weekly while promoting his new book, saying, “I think it haunts him because it haunts them, and they’ve talked about it.”
“I wrote that I believe it’s a form of PTSD,” Andersen continued, before revealing Prince Harry, now 38, found it a “trigger” to fly to London, as it reminds of funeral memories. “He said it reminded him of that day when he had to walk behind the coffin, and they were more or less intimidated into doing it by the palace – by the men in gray who really run the palace, the people that Diana had l ‘used to complain about,’ he continued. “I think both William and Harry thought, ‘Who are these strangers who have never met her?’ So they were angry about what had happened, and Charles, I think, understands that to some extent he was responsible for the fact that they had to suffer from this.
“Diana’s brother also said he felt like he was cheated on and he regretted it,” Andersen added. “He said it was like walking through a tunnel of grief.” Princess Diana’s brother once said People in 2017 Diana’s story that he was concerned about what it would do to the young princes – Harry in particular – saying, “I was so worried – what a trauma for a little guy to walk behind his mother’s body. It’s just awful. And, in fact, I tried to prevent that from happening, to be honest.
Prince Harry talks about his mother’s funeral in his memoir
Although we don’t know the exact topics Prince Harry will talk about in his explosive memoirSpare, which was released on January 10, 2023, the publisher has confirmed that the exact moment he and his older brother Prince William walked behind their mother’s coffin will be discussed. This will be the first time either brother will go into detail surrounding the events of the funeral (although they have spoken about it very briefly over the years) and the first time we will read the prince’s feelings. Harry before, during, and after the funeral, as well as his grief over the death of his mother.
“It was one of the most poignant images of the 20th century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sadness and horror,” read a statement from Penguin Random. House, which publishes the memoirs. . “As Diana, Princess of Wales was laid to rest, billions of people wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling – and how their lives would unfold from then on.”
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Prince Harry’s previous comments on the death of the late Princess Diana
The memoir won’t be the very first time Prince Harry has discussed his mother’s death or the funeral. In a 2017 interview with Newsweek, the Duke of Sussex said: “My mother had just died and I had to walk for a long time behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people who watched me while millions of others watched on television. I don’t think a child should be asked to do this under any circumstances. I don’t think that would happen today.
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In the BBC documentary Diana, 7 days, Prince Harry has revealed it was a “group decision” to have the brothers walk behind the coffin. “But before I knew it, I found myself in a suit with a black tie and a white shirt, I think, and I was one of them,” he said. “Really, I don’t have an opinion on whether it was right or wrong. I am happy to have been part of it. Looking back on it now, I’m very happy to have been a part of it.
Prince William has previously discussed his mother’s funeral
The new Prince of Wales also briefly touched on his involvement in his mother’s funeral. “It was not an easy decision, and it was a collective family decision to do this,” he said in the same documentary at the time. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But we were overwhelmed with the number of people there, it was just amazing. There was this balance between duty and family, and that’s what we had to do.
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