Prince Harry and William recalled the heartbreaking and painful details of their mother's funeral.
Princess Diana's compassion and kindness attracted many to her. Unlike other royals, Diana made the commoners relate to her. Moreover, she was a great mother to Prince Harry and William. She prepared them for their lives ahead and imparted her understanding of the world to them. But, nothing prepared her kids for her death. The concerned mother had already drafted a will for her boys, making sure all their dreams came true despite her absence.
According to Mirror Online, at the age of 36, the princess wrote her will. On June 1, 1993, Diana signed the original document. In 1996, she made a few changes to the will and named Frances Ruth Shand Kydd, her mother, and Lady Elizabeth Sarah Lavinia McCorquodale, her sister as the trustees and co-executors. The loving mother wanted to share all her possessions with her sons. While Harry and William were required to share all their belongings, the rest was supposed to be handed down to her 17 godchildren. Apart from thinking of her family, she also remembered her butler, Paul Burrell, who served her till her death. In her will, she left around $61,000 (£50,000) to her butler.
The will also stated that William and Harry would be able to claim a bulk of her estate when they turn 25. However, there was something more special than her estate and other materialistic things she left them. The princess wanted her sons to have something that reminded them of her life. So, she left them something that the world still talked about her—wedding dress. She passed on her iconic dress to her children. "That gown has earned its keep. It has been around the globe many, many times. I think more people abroad have seen it than British people. What’s extraordinary is, after so many years, people are still talking about it," said the designer of the dress, Elizabeth Emanuel, according to Express UK in 2014.
Apart from the dress, she also left a whole collection of things such as letters, photographs, home movies, family paintings, her diamond tears, and other dresses. She even passed on the lyrics and scores of the song, Candle in the Wind. According to Forbes, the song was modified by Elton John to pay tribute to the princess. After her death, the trustees of her will made a few changes to it. Instead of getting the estate at 25, both the princes got their share at the age of 30.
Though their mother left them with everything she had, nothing will replace her loss in their life. Years after her death, Prince Harry and William opened up about the loss that changed their world even before they could process it all. "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," said Harry, recalling the unfortunate death, according to Newsweek. "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today," said the grieving son. Later he told BBC that he was glad to be a part of her mother's funeral, where thousands stood by the road just to pay tributes to her.
Prince William, on the other hand, claimed that the funeral walk was "one of the hardest things I've ever done." He said that he used his hair as a "safety blanket" during the "long, lonely walk." He added, "I felt if I looked at the floor and my hair came down over my face, no one could see me. It wasn't an easy decision and it was a sort of collective family decision to do that... there is that balance between duty and family and that's what we had to do."