One of the hardest parts of being a parent is knowing that you will make mistakesand that’s the same even if you’re a member of the Royal family. In his new biography The King: The Life of Charles IIIauthor Christopher Andersen wrote about a moment when he believes King Charles III wishes he could go back and change.
Us weekly got an exclusive interview with the royal biographer, and in their conversation, Andersen said he believes the monarch genuinely regrets his two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, standing behind Princess Diana’s coffin. during her funeral. “I think it haunts him because it haunts them, and they’ve talked about it,” Andersen said.
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Anderson added, “I’ve written that I believe it’s a form of PTSD.”
While conducting research for his biography, Anderson found that Prince Harry still gets nervous when he flies to London, and that may be due to memories of that day.
He noted that Prince Harry has said being in London “reminded him of that day when he had to walk behind the coffin, and they were sort of teased into doing it by the palace – by the men in the gray who really run the palace the people Diana used to complain about.
Andersen added: “Diana’s brother, [Charles]…has also said he felt he had been set up and regrets it. He said it was like walking through a tunnel of grief.”
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At the time of their mother’s death, Prince William was only 15, while Prince Harry was only 12. And while this moment was tragic enough for the two young royals, they also had to endure their grief very publicly.
“I think both William and Harry thought, ‘Who are these strangers who have never met her?'” Anderson said. “So they were angry about what had happened. And Charles, I think, understands that he was to some extent responsible for them having to endure [that].”
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However, since this tragic time, the two royals have had many years to process their grief, and they have very candid about their experiences.
Then, last summer, the brothers came honor the memory of Princess Diana when they attended the unveiling of a statue in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. In a statement from both, they wrote: “Today, on what would have been our mother’s 60th birthday, we remember her love, strength and character – qualities that made her a force for good around the world and changed countless lives for the better. Every day we wish she was still with us, and we hope that this image will forever be seen as a symbol of her life and her legacy.”
We think Princess Diana would be proud.
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