Prince William was 15 years old and Prince Harry 12 when their mother died. The nation’s hearts went out to the brothers when people saw the two boys marching stoically behind her coffin at the funeral. In the years to come, both princes would open up about how badly that moment, and the whole aftermath of their mother’s death, had affected them.
“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” Harry told Newsweek in June 2017. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”
He became more and more open about how badly his mental health had been affected. “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum, because why would that help?” he told the Telegraph in April of the same year. “It was 20 years of not thinking about it and then two years of total chaos.”