Queen rejected Prince Charles’ ‘brave’ request to collect Princess Diana’s body

Princess Diana tragically died in a car accident on August 31 1997 – the rest of the royal family were staying at Balmoral Castle with their father and other members of the royal family at the time.

Prince Charles and The Duchess of Wales had ended their relationship and finalised the marriage with divorce one year before in 1996.

Despite the departure from one another, Charles made the decision to travel to Paris and escort Diana’s body back to the UK using the plane belonging to the royal family.

The decision, that was reportedly seen as controversial by many in the family, allegedly caused a rift between him and his mother the Queen.

Her Majesty did not accept her son’s request to go to Paris, Woman&Home report.

Prince Charles went against his mother’s wishes in a “surprising and brave move,” journalist Richard Kay, a friend of Princess Diana’s, told Channel 5 in a royal family documentary.

Richard Kay added: "Charles wanted to take the royal flight to Paris but the Queen wouldn't allow it.

“Charles fought harder for Diana than he had ever fought for her in her lifetime."

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Eventually Her Majesty backed down and Charles ended up going to Paris along with Princess Diana’s sisters to bring her body home.

The group, comprised of Prince Charles, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellows, travelled to Pitie Salpetriere Hospital and brought her home the same evening of August 31 1997.

Funeral arrangements for the Princess of Wales were made swiftly after the coffin was brought back to the UK, draped with the Royal Standard flag at Charles’ request.

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The funeral included a one hour and forty seven-minute funeral procession through the streets of London.

Prince Charles, Prince Harry, 13, and Prince William, 15, walked behind Diana’s hearse.

Reflecting on the devastating moment, Prince Harry told Newsweek: "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."

"I don't think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances.

“I don't think it would happen today."

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