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Princes William and Harry 'glad' to walk behind their mother's coffin

Princes William and Harry said they were "glad" to walk behind their mother's coffin, in excerpts released from a forthcoming BBC documentary about Princess Diana's death.

The Duke and his brother said the decision to walk behind their mother's funeral cortege after she was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997, was a joint one.

In an interview with Newsweek magazine in June, Harry had said he was unhappy about having to walk behind the cortege saying "I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances."

However, in the documentary "Diana, 7 Days," Harry said, "Genuinely, I don't have an opinion whether that was right or wrong - I'm glad I was part of it."

William, who was 15 at the time, described the procession as the "hardest thing" and a "very long, lonely walk" where he tried to find a balance between being a prince "versus the private William who just wanted to go into a room and cry, who'd lost his mother."

He said he could not understand why many of the spectators were crying loudly as the procession passed: "I was like, 'you didn't even know her, why and how are you so upset?'"

Prince Harry also described how their father, Prince Charles, broke the news of their mother's death to them and supported them in the immediate aftermath.

"One of the hardest things for a parent to have to do is to tell your children that your other parent has died," Harry said. "How you deal with that I don't know but, you know, he was there for us."

The documentary, made to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana's death on August 31, is due to air on Sunday.

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