Prince Philip ‘secretly comforted’ William in poignant moment at Diana’s funeral

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A new documentary says that during the traumatic moment for the young Prince his granddad gave him comfort but only when he thought the cameras could not see him

Diana Princess of Wales funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1997
(L-R) Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997

Prince Philip secretly comforted his grandson Prince William as he walked behind his mother’s coffin during Diana’s funeral, it has been claimed in a new documentary.

It says that during the traumatic moment for the young Prince his granddad gave him comfort but only when he thought the cameras could not see him.

A new ITV documentary titled ‘Philip: Prince, Husband, Father’ is set to be broadcast on Tuesday at 9pm.

The programme, which is made in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 earlier this year, will draw on rare archive footage as well as audio recordings with Philip talking about his role as prince, husband and father.

It will feature colourised footage of the Queen and Philip in their younger years as well as interviews with the Duke, discussing a range of topics.

There will be fresh insights in the new documentary
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The Telegraph reports that Martin Palmer, co-founder of The Alliance of Religions and Conservation with Prince Philip, spoke of how the Duke recalled the moment of comfort at the traumatic occasion.

He said he gently touched Prince William on the back to comfort him and that it had happened only because he thought they were not in the shot of any cameras.

Mr Palmer said of the Duke: “He’s come in for criticism for that but it was not his choice, not his idea.

“And there’s a moment where they go under the Horseguards Parade arch where it’s quite clear that Prince Philip – and I asked him about this he said, ‘Yes, I didn’t think the cameras could see us’ – at that point he turns to William and comforts him.

“You’ve just got to watch that moment and realise here is a grandfather who is trying to help his young, very vulnerable grandson struggle through this awful awful moment.

“He knew what it was like to be a member of a dysfunctional family and he did his damnedest to make sure that did not happen to his grandchildren.”

The documentary will also see a cast of royal experts and associates of Philip sharing their memories of the longest serving British consort.

William and Harry were 15 and 12 respectively at the time of their mother’s tragic death.

There was a wave of collective public mourning, while her funeral was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide.

Harry has gone on to speak about the horror of the funeral procession and said that no child should have been made to walk behind their mother’s coffin so publicly.

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 21 at 9pm on ITV.

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