Princess Diana's funeral was packed with powerful figures from politicians to celebrities and extended members of the royal family. Continuing the legacy that Princess Diana left behind, Prince William became Royal Patron of The Passage, one of the largest charity organizations in the UK. IT WAS an utterly heart-wrenching moment when Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind their mother’s coffin at her funeral in September 1997. The Complicated Truth About the Royal Family's Reaction to Princess Diana's Death How Queen Elizabeth II protected William and Harry, but came close to losing her … Prince Philip walked beside Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Diana's brother Earl Spencer at the funeral in 1997. which they published in May 1997. Even Diana’s younger brother, Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, has had the spotlight on him since he gave a heart-wrenching eulogy at her funeral. Frances' father was a baron, and an acquaintance of Queen Elizabeth II's father, King George VI and her mother was a friend and lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother. Frances Shand Kydd has revealed that she was not asked to collect Diana's body in Paris. Consequently, every letter Frances wrote to her daughter after that got returned unopened and had not spoken for four months before her daughter’s fatal car crash in Paris. As they remembered their mother in 2017, 20 years after she passed away, William admitted that walking in the funeral procession was ‘one of the hardest things I’ve ever done’. "I find it a great privilege to be in their presence. Mother Theresa died on September 5, 1997—the day before Diana's funeral. Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 became a tumultuous one, and they separated in 1992 and officially divorced the year before her death. The Princess of Wales asked her husband if she could go to Grace Kelly’s funeral in 1982. A NEW documentary has provided a rare insight into the days after Princess Diana’s death and the preparations for her funeral. Relatives attend the funeral of Princess Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd at the Cathedral of Saint Columba on June 10, 2004, in Oban, Argyll & Bute, Scotland. The mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, has spoken publicly for the first time about her daughter's death. | Surce: Getty Images. BBC One live Broadcast of the Funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales on Saturday, 6th September 1997. Since then, with all the intrusions on her life, Frances once said, "Sometimes I think the only one resting in peace is Diana.". She devoted her time comforting bereaved fisherman families and made about 15 pilgrimages to Lourdes with disabled people. However, it wasn’t just the royals who walked behind the coffin — they were joined by Diana’s brother Charles Spencer who was less than happy with the fact the boys were included in the march. Harry recently opened up for the first time publicly about what it was like to walk behind his mother's coffin. Prince Charles made an "offensive" comment about Princess Diana to her brother, Charles Spencer, in the days after Diana's death, according to the new book Battle of … Earl Spencer, 55, who lives in Northamptonshire, said his late sister Princess Diana would 'wait on the doorstep' for her mother Frances Shand Kydd to return home after her parents' divorce Following the funeral of Princess Diana, her sons were taken in private to Northamptonshire where she was laid to rest on an island at her ancestral home, Althorp House. Frances got married to John Spencer, Viscount Althorp (later the 8th Earl Spencer) in 1954. In one of the most heartbreaking moments of royal history, the young princes were photographed walking behind their mother’s coffin at her 1997 funeral. ‘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 explained. And for more on the late princess, here's The Shocking Reason Why Princess Diana Wasn't Speaking to Her Mother When She Died. Sir Malcom Ross, the courtier responsible for planning the funeral, says the decision wasn’t made until the royals gathered for a ‘family supper’ hours before Princess Diana was laid to rest. All of Meghan Markle’s most stylish looks of 2020, Harry and Meghan ‘drip-feeding press’ content, royal expert claims, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce new partnership, * Sign up to the EVOKE.ie survey panel to trial free products and win prizes for your opinions! Prince William and Prince Harry lost their mother, Princess Diana at a very young age and in tragic circumstances. Her brother also has been more vocal about losing his sister — most famously giving a powerful eulogy at her funeral at Westminster Abbey — making him Diana’s best-remembered sibling. Prince Charles and Diana Princess of Wales meet guests arriving at a dinner in the Elysee Palace in Paris, France in November 1988, during the Royal Tour of France. Diana Spencer, The People’s Princess . | Source: Getty Images. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. 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Diana's funeral cortege, leaving Buckingham Palace 3 of 31 Prince Harry and Prince William walk behind their mother's casket in the funeral procession. Her parents had been tenants of the Queen at Sandringham for many years, and the two families shared a long friendship. 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Her funeral held at St. Columba’s Cathedral in Oban Scotland included over 600 mourners during which Prince William and Earl Spencer delivered speeches. She became the youngest woman to marry in the Abbey in 50 years during a ceremony that featured a guest list of 1,700 taken care of by the Queen herself. Prince William (left) and Prince Harry mourn the loss of their mother, Princess Diana, at her funeral. PRINCESS DIANA’s tragic death rocked the world, but it was especially shocking for those who knew her – even her rival Camilla Parker Bowles, a royal expert has revealed. The boys were joined by their father Prince Charles and grandfather, who supported them through the devastating journey to lay their mother to rest. Pressures of producing a male heir made it difficult until she eventually had Earl Charles Spencer, Diana, Jane, and Sarah’s brother. Aug 1, 2013 - Frances Shand-Kydd at Diana's funeral along with Diana's nieces and sister. Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles ride in a carriage after their wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral July 29, 1981, in London. Subscribe to Iconic: http://bit.ly/zVEuIY Princess Diana at her father's funeral. We and other data collection technologies to provide the best experience for our customers. Frances Shand Kydd on October 24, 2002, in London. Peter and Frances then settled in Seil, Scotland and opened a gift shop in Oban. At the time of Diana's tragic death in August 1997, the two women had not spoken in months. But then Peter left her for a younger woman. In fact, the boys didn’t want to walk in the procession at all and were encouraged to do so by their grandfather Prince Philip. Both Harry and William confirmed that the decision for them to take part in the procession was one made as a family. In her first newspaper interview since the Princess' death three years ago this week, she also said she was not consulted about the funeral arrangements. Queen Elizabeth’s husband felt that the boys would regret their decision if they didn’t walk behind the coffin and offered to walk with them to help them with their decision, according to the documentary Diana: Seven Days That Shook The World. Absolutely, her mother was there: From Harpers Bazaar, August 31, 2017. In one of the most heartbreaking moments of royal history, the young princes were photographed walking behind their mother’s coffin at her 1997 funeral. Conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1994 led to Frances becoming a leading figure in their church in Argyll, for which she raised over $50,000 towards a church on the island of Iona. Prince William arrives with Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry for his first day at Eton College on September 16, 1995, in Windsor, England. A symbol of kindness and humanity, and a mother of two, Princess Diana was only 36 years old when she died. At the age of 19 in 1954, Frances married Edward “Johnnie” Spencer, Viscount Althorp at Westminster Abbey. | Surce: Getty Images. Frances Ruth Shand Kydd (previously Spencer, née Roche; 20 January 1936 – 3 June 2004) was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Royal Family heartbreak: Queen Mother forced to witness 'own funeral' after Diana death THE ROYAL FAMILY was plunged into unprecedented distress after the … She was the maternal grandmother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, respectively second and sixth in the line of succession to the British throne. She had been having an affair with the wallpaper tycoon, Peter Shand Kydd and moved to Scotland to be with him. | Source: Getty Images. Six months before Frances’ death in 2004 at the age of 68, she got diagnosed with a debilitating brain disease. Speaking to BBC Radio Four’s Today programme in 2017, he said: ‘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.’. Earl Spencer touches Prince Harry as they follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales at her funeral, Sept. 6, 1997. However, it wasn’t an easy decision for the 15-year-old William and 12-year-old Harry. Picture: AFP/Adam Butler Source:AFP. Born to the 4th Lord Fermoy and his wife Ruth, on January 20, 1936, at Park House, Sandringham, Frances became an aristocratic debutante said to captivated London during the 1950s. Where she can remember Diana the way, she chose to instead of dealing with a bombardment of phone calls from the media. In February 2019, Prince William got spotted at The Passage serving food for the homeless, the same organization Princess Diana used to take William and Harry as children in 1993. Even though Frances desired seclusion, she became the patron of organizations such as the Highland Division of the Search and Rescue Dog Association, the Islands Music Dance Festival, and Oban Air Training Corps. Diane Clehane is a New York-based journalist and author of Imagining Diana and Diana: The Secrets of Her Style. Lord Snowden/Prescott-Pickup & Co. Ltd via Joe Haupt/Flickr A royal portrait taken the year after Princess Diana married Prince Charles. To generate more funds for the trust that ran the church in Iona, Frances gave a two-part interview on her life to Hello! Princess Diana died 20 years ago, and her funeral -- which was held six days after her death -- had the attention of the entire world. The ceremony at the historic church fit 2,000 guests. Princess Diana had a famously close relationship with her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, but her relationship with her own mother, Frances Shand Kydd, was emotionally frought and very complicated. Frances Shand Kydd died on June 3, 2004, after a life that eerily reminded of the one her daughter, Princess Diana once had. Frances Shand Kydd (L), the mother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales is helped by an unidentified man on October 24, 2002, in London. He explained that Diana wouldn’t want the boys to be involved in the funeral that way. Prince William and Prince Harry lost their mother, Princess Diana at a very young age and in tragic circumstances. Relatives attend the funeral of Princess Diana's mother Frances Shand Kydd at the Cathedral of Saint Columba on June 10, 2004, in Oban, Argyll & Bute, Scotland. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles had been at loggerheads for the first in their lives right after the death of Princess Diana. They are an inspiration that helps put life into perspective,” Frances said of her journeys. Harry confessed that walking behind Diana’s coffin was something no child ‘should be asked to do’ but he later confessed that he was ‘glad’ he took part in the end. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. 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Channel 5’s Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors reveals … Sadly, it emerged at the theft trial of Paul Burrell, that Diana had not spoken to her mother in the last four months of her life. IT’S been 21 years since Princess Diana’s burial and stunning photos have been revealed of her final resting place at her childhood home. Diana often talked about her feelings of abandonment surrounding Shand Kydd's decision to … | Source: Getty Images. Diana's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, was born as Frances Ruth Roche in 1936. Like her mother, Princess Diana felt passionate about humanitarian work, but she also left a life of royalty for another life and another man,  Dodi Al Fayed. We give thanks to God for Diana, Princess of Wales; for her sense of joy and for the way she gave so much to so many people. For her part, while she had all the time in the world for Charles, it was quite clear that the Queen Mother had no love at all for the Princess of Wales. 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