Princes' nod to outpouring of public grief is too much
We've seen enough of the human side of the royals, it's time they restored the stiff upper lip, writes Sarah Caden
'It was a very long and lonely walk," says Prince William in the BBC One documentary, Diana, 7 Days. The 20th anniversary documentary being broadcast tonight takes in his mother's death on August 31, and also the week that followed - leading to the funeral procession from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey, when her two boys, then 15 and 12, walked behind.
William, recalling that walk, talks tonight about hiding behind his then floppy fringe. It was a security blanket against a scene he just could not comprehend and it wasn't just the difficulty in believing that his mother was dead, it was also what was going on around him.
He recalls the thousands of mostly silent people thronging the streets, staring at them, but then there were those who were wailing with grief. How could they grieve so, he remembers thinking, when they didn't even know her? Why did they "cry as loud as they did?" he asks.