No one is more acutely aware than Prince William of what it feels like to lose a beloved family member as a young boy, with the world watching. William was 15, six years older than nine-year-old Prince George, when he lost his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, calling walking behind her coffin to Westminster Abbey “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”
Neither George nor his younger siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be walking behind their great-grandmother’s coffin this week like William and younger brother Prince Harry once did, but The Mirror reports William and wife Kate Middleton are considering bringing George, their eldest and the heir to the throne, to Her Majesty’s funeral tomorrow. Senior advisors are pushing for George, now second in line to the throne, to be there, telling the new Prince and Princess of Wales it will send a “powerful and symbolic” message.
“Aides have told his parents that seeing the young prince attend the funeral of the late monarch—whom he affectionately called ‘Gan Gan’—would be good for the public,” the outlet reports. According to The Daily Mail, one insider says “courtiers are keen for Prince George to be at the funeral in some capacity, if only to reassure the nation of the order of succession.”
Another Palace source says “it’s currently under discussion. No decision has been made yet.”
George had a close relationship with his great-grandmother and, despite the gravity of the loss, Kate told mourners this week that George, Charlotte, and Louis were all coping well with the Queen's death, according to The Sun. She also revealed, per OK, that George “understands the loss of the Queen,” but little brother Louis, only four, doesn’t quite understand what’s happening. We haven’t seen any glimpses of the three Wales kids since the announcement was made on September 8 that Her Majesty had died.
“She [Kate] said they were keeping things as normal as possible for the children,” a mourner says. “She says the children were settling in well to their new school, and Kate was grateful for the support. I joked I had to be quick because I had to do the school run and she said she was heading back to London to do it as well.”
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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