The Crown uses Prince William to echo Prince Harry's words in harrowing scene

Jonathan Pryce and Rufus Kampa

Jonathan Pryce and Rufus Kampa playing Prince Philip and Prince William

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 16/11/2023

- 16:55

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The Crown used Prince William to echo Prince Harry's words in its sixth and final season.

The first four episodes of the final season dropped on Netflix today, centring on Princess Diana's final eight weeks before her tragic death in August 1997.

In the fourth episode, which featured the funeral of the late Princess of Wales, the actors playing Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Charles Spencer, Prince Harry and King Charles can be seen walking behind the coffin.

A royal fan from the crowd shouted out: "God bless you boys."

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Rufus Kampa, who played the Prince of Wales, looked up at the crowds of people crying and sobbing.

Jonathan Pryce, who played Prince Philip, said: "Don't react. Keep your eyes forward or on the ground.

"Concentrate on the act of walking. Step by step."

William, who was then 15 years old, replied: "Why are they crying for someone they never knew?"

Princess Diana funeral

Princess Diana's male relatives walking behind the coffin in The Crown


​The late Duke of Edinburgh responded: "They're not crying for her. They're crying for you."

Prince William's question to his grandfather echoed Prince Harry's words in his memoir Spare.

He spoke about being unable to show emotion publicly after his mother died.

The Duke of Sussex wrote: "I disliked the touch of those hands. What's more, I disliked how they made me feel: guilty. Why was there all that crying from people when I neither cried nor had cried?

Jonathan Pryce and Rufus Kampa

The crowds shouted out "God bless you boys"


"I wanted to cry, and I had tried because my mother's life had been so sad... but I couldn't... not a drop.

"Perhaps I had learned too well, had absorbed too thoroughly the family maxim that crying was never an option - never."

In a promotional interview with Tom Bradby on ITV, the duke said: "And the wet hands that we were shaking, we couldn't understand why their hands were wet, but it was all the tears that they were wiping away.

"Everyone thought and felt like they knew our mum, and the two closest people to her, the two most loved people by her, were unable to show any emotion in that moment."

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