Tomorrow, Princes William and Harry will walk behind the Queen’s coffin in a haunting re-enactment of their own mother’s funeral.
The King and his sons will follow the Queen’s coffin on foot as it is moved from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.
Harry was only 12 years old when Princess Diana died and has been open about the impact her death has had on his lifelong mental health.
He was forced to walk in procession through London with Prince Charles, the late Prince Philip, Prince William and the Earl Spencer.
“My mother had just died and I had to go a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions of others were watching on TV,” he said.
“I don’t think any child should be asked to do this, under any circumstances. I don’t think it will happen today.”
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Five years ago, he explained, “I can safely say that losing my mom at 12, and therefore turning off all my emotions for the past 20 years, has had a pretty serious impact not only on my personal life, but also on my work. also.
“My way of dealing with it was to stick my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mom, because why would that help?
“I’ve spent most of my life saying, ‘I’m fine.’ I probably came very close to a complete breakdown on many occasions.”
He later described in the AppleTV+ documentary series about mental health, I that you don’t seehis two years of “total chaos” in his late 20s when he turned to drugs and alcohol.
“I was ready to drink, I was ready to take drugs, I was ready to do things that made me feel different from how I felt,” he said.
He also revealed that it was his brother, Prince William, who encouraged him to seek advice.
“My brother has been a huge blessing. He kept saying, “This is wrong, this is not normal – you need to talk about things.” It’s not normal to think you haven’t been affected by anything,” Harry said.
“Suddenly, all this grief that I had never processed started to come to the fore.”
Prince William described his feeling of “numbness” on the day of Diana’s death.
“I remember feeling completely numb, disoriented, dizzy,” he said.
“You feel very, very confused. And you keep asking yourself, “Why me?” All the time: “Why? What I’ve done? Why? Why did this happen to us?”
The US-based Duke and Duchess of Sussex were photographed overnight at Buckingham Palace with King Charles III as he waited for his mother to return to the palace for the last time.
The coffin will lie in Buckingham Palace all night, and then the monarch will be taken to Westminster Hall for four days.
The Duke of Sussex, who served in Afghanistan, said that during the official wake he will wear a morning suit.
The royal family forbade him from wearing a military uniform after he renounced royal duties, although his uncle, the Duke of York, would be allowed to do so at the Princes’ Vigil in Westminster Hall.
“His decade of military service is not determined by the uniform he wears and we respectfully request that the focus be on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a spokesman for the Duke of Sussex said.
King Charles will lead the procession on foot from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster at 2:22 pm London time.
Thousands of people are expected to line the streets to watch the spectacle.
Queen Consort Camilla, Princess of Wales and Duchess of Sussex will travel by car.