Prince Harry shares heartbreaking confession about walking behind Princess Diana’s coffin

'I don’t think any child should be asked to do that.'

Prince Harry has opened up about the emotional scarring he suffered at his mother’s funeral.


“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,” the royal recalled in an interview with Newsweek.

“I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

The trauma of that auspicious occasion contributed to Harry’s famed party-boy lifestyle in his early adulthood, he said.

Princess Diana
Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Earl Spencer, Prince William, and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand behind Diana’s casket during the funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales, only seven days after she was killed in an automobile accident in Paris.
Princess Diana's funeral procession
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk outside Westminster Abbey during the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, 06 September.

“I still have a naughty streak,” the prince admits, but says he now uses it as a way to relate to people.

Casting aside the fast-paced lifestyle he once led, Harry now wants to use his role as an influencer for good – and he wants to do it before he’s inevitably overshadowed by his niece and nephew.

“I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” he tells Newsweek. “Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.”

Despite his earnest comments, Harry understands the importance of maintaining the “magic” aura of royalty for his people.

The “tricky balancing act”, as Harry describes it, is one he continues to manage well, as was evident during his visit to Australia earlier this month, when he charmed the crowd with chats and smiles. 

This article first published on Starts at 60.

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