The public’s grief over Diana’s death was something Prince William and Prince Harry “couldn’t grasp.”
PRINCE WILLIAM has acknowledged that he and his younger brother Prince Harry “couldn’t grasp” why people were “falling down” so profoundly over their mother Princess Diana’s death until years later.
Princess Diana was killed in a vehicle accident in France 24 years ago on Tuesday (August 31). However, the photos of her grief-stricken young sons Prince William and Prince Harry following her death were undoubtedly the most painful. The princes, who were only 15 and 12 at the time, were allowed to mourn their mother privately at Balmoral in Scotland before returning to London for her funeral, which drew tens of thousands of people.
The bereaved sons were accompanied by their father, Prince Charles, to the outskirts of Kensington Palace, where floral tributes had been laid for Diana in her memory.
William and Harry revealed their sadness in the days following their mother’s untimely death in a BBC documentary titled “Diana, 7 Days,” which was published in 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death.
“People wanted to grab us, to touch us,” William remarked on the program.
“They were screaming, wailing, really wailing at us, hurling flowers, yelling, sobbing, breaking down, people fainting, collapsing.” It was a strange place to be in.
“I couldn’t understand why everyone wanted to cry so loudly and display such emotion when they didn’t even know our mother.
“I did feel a little protective about it at times.
“You didn’t even know her — what’s the big deal?” Looking back, I’ve come to appreciate what she offered to the world and to a large number of people.”
When they learned that their mother Diana had died in a car crash in Paris, the two young princes were at Balmoral with Charles, the Queen, and Prince Philip.
Before returning to London, the Royal Family rallied around the two adolescents, while also admiring hundreds of floral tributes put outside the Balmoral residence in Diana’s honour.
“Looking back now, the last thing I wanted to do was read what other people were saying about my mother,” Harry said on the show.
“It was great, and it was extremely moving to know, but I wasn’t there at the time. “Brinkwire Summary News,” I was still thinking.