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Prince Harry Opens Up About The Hardest Part Of His Mom's Funeral

As glamorous as it may seem on the outside, it’s not easy being a member of the Royal Family. Just ask Prince Harry. He’s opened up about some things in an interview with Newsweek magazine, and he even touched on one of things that really troubled him about his mother’s funeral.

Princess Diana tragically passed away in a car crash back in 1997, just one year after her divorce from Prince Charles was finalized. The dissolution of the marriage was quite a scandal, as the couple captured the world’s imagination from the time they were wed in a lavish ceremony.

Harry was just 12 years old at the time of his mom’s death, and he recalls being part of a funeral procession along with his father, his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, 15-year-old brother Prince William, and uncle Earl Spencer.

As the Daily Mail shares, the memory of him going through the streets of London as part of the procession still haunts him to this day.

“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he said. “I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don't think it would happen today.”

It’s hard to imagine having to go through that at any age. Losing a parent is tough enough, but to have to deal with strangers gawking and leering at you can make it even more uncomfortable. On a happier note,

Harry notes that he’s adjusted quite well to adulthood - and he doesn’t live as spoiled a life as everyone assumes.

“People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live,” he adds. “Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.”

As for the mystique that typically surrounds the Royal Family, he understands that comes with the territory, and he also acknowledges its importance.

“It's a tricky balancing act. We don't want to dilute the magic ... The British public and the whole world need institutions like it,” he continued.

Harry assumes the fascination with him by the press and public will eventually wear off.

“I feel there is just a smallish window when people are interested in me before (William's children Prince George and Princess Charlotte) take over, and I've got to make the most of it,” he said.

We’ll consider that wishful thinking on his part. There is a tremendous amount of interest in the Royal Family as a whole, but that’s especially true with William and Harry.

They have both grown right before the world’s eyes in ways that other members of the Royal Family have not, thanks to increased coverage and advances in technology that ensure their every move is captured and shared.

As such, interest will remain high for Harry, and that’s just a part of life that he’ll have to deal with. Sounds like he’s doing just fine, and we’ll hope he doesn’t receive too much attention next time he’s doing his own shopping.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Daily Mail, Royalty101PastandPresent/Facebook, UK in Italy/Flickr, The Royal UK, Mykola Swarnyk/Wikimedia

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