A local reporter who spoke to a woman William Thursday met said the prince told her his grandmother’s death brought back memories of his mother’s death. Diana, Princess of Wales.
William and his brother Prince Harry walked in a procession behind Diana’s coffin on Aug. December 1997 after a car accident in Paris.
“He told us yesterday was particularly difficult and that following the coffin reminded him of his mother’s funeral and of Diana,” said Jane Wells, who came to lay flowers for the Queen at Sandringham. “He said it was very difficult.”
Wells continued, “I said, ‘Your mother would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing your grief with us,’ and he said, ‘I’m learning that she was the grandmother of everyone, how people reacted .'”
Another person in the crowd told William she was close to tears, to which he reportedly replied, “Don’t cry now.” You’ll start me.”
William and Kate watched a lavish floral donation for the Queen just outside of Sandringham, which is close to their own country home, Anmer Hall, where they spend their free time as a family with their three children. Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.
Kate is believed to have been wearing a pair of diamond and pearl earrings in Norfolk that belonged to the Queen.
Norfolk is around 100 miles from Windsor, England, where William and Kate now have their primary residence in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where the Queen also spent much of her time during her 70-year reign.
In the 24 hours since the Queen’s coffin was transferred from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, thousands of people have lined up across London to pay their respects Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
The Queen’s coffin will be kept in Westminster Hall until her funeral on September 24. 19, in Westminster Abbey.
Tributes like those seen by William and Kate at Sandringham have grown across Britain in the week since the Queen’s death.
Anne traveled to London earlier this week with her mother’s coffin from Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where the Queen died.
Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest child, and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, spent some time in Manchester, England on Thursday, where they met in St Ann’s Square and with parishioners.
Her state funeral is due to begin at 11am local time on Monday at Westminster Abbey, making the Queen the first sovereign since 1760 to have a funeral there.