Prince Philip promised to walk behind Diana’s coffin to unite Harry and William

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Prince Philip united Prince William and Prince Harry after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

William was 15 when the Princess of Wales died in a horrific car accident in Paris, with his brother, Prince Harry, 12.

As is tradition, Prince Charles wanted the boys to walk behind the coffin of their mother, but up until the night before the funeral, the decision wasn’t finalised.

In fact, Princess Anne once told ITV’s Chris Ship William’s role was partly influenced by the support of his grandfather, Prince Philip.

The Princess Royal said it came down to "a question of 'if you'll do it, I'll do it," Anne recalled.

She went on to say that was Philip’s way "as a grandfather" to let him know he’ll be there if William and Harry wanted him to be there.

The Queen's daughter said: "I seem to remember him saying that, in fact, it was a question of 'if you'll do it, I'll do it'.

"That was him as a grandfather saying, 'If that's what you want to do and if you want me to be there, I'll be there."

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Anji Hunter, who was Prime Minister Tony Blair's government-relations director at the time, also recalled William's reluctance to walk.

Hunter told the Evening Standard the office hadn't heard from Prince Philip before but called to make sure it was "about the boys," adding, "they've lost their mother".

The night before the funeral, Hunter claims the Duke of Edinburgh turned to William and told him: "I'll walk if you walk."

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Mr Hunter said: "We hadn't heard from him before, but he was really anguished.

"It's about the boys. They've lost their mother."

Adding: "Then, at a supper the night before the funeral, Philip is said to have turned to William and Harry and told them: 'I'll walk if you walk."

On the day, the brother's ended up walking united at their mother’s funeral alongside Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Earl Charles Spencer.

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  • Prince William
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