The brother of Princess Diana, has claimed he was lied to about Prince William and Prince Harry wanting to walk behind their mother’s coffin at her funeral.
Earl Spencer described the funeral procession as ‘the most horrifying half an hour of my life’ and claimed it was ‘bizarre and cruel’ to make the young princes walk behind their mother’s coffin.
‘I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t’, he told the BBC’s Today programme ahead of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death next month.
‘It was the worst part of the day by a considerable margin, walking behind my sister’s body with two boys who were obviously massively grieving their mother.
‘It was a sort of bizarre circumstance where we were told you just have to look straight ahead. But the feeling, the sort of absolute crashing tidal wave of grief coming at you as you went down this sort of tunnel of deep emotion, it was really harrowing actually and I still have nightmares about it now.’
He also claimed that he had been a ‘passionate advocate’ for not making the young princes take part in the procession, but claims he was directly lied to.
‘Eventually I was lied to and told that they wanted to do it, which of course they didn’t, but I didn’t realise that’, he said.
His claims ome after Prince Harry opened up on the procession in an interview last month, and admitted that no child ‘no child should be asked to do that under any circumstances.’
He said: ‘I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.’