Prince Philip's funeral remembers special connection to Princess Diana

The special connection between Prince Philip and the former daughter-in-law Princess Diana was remembered today at his funeral.

The mirror reported that an anthem played at Diana’s funeral would also be played for Prince Philip.

Vaughn Williams’ Rhosymedre will ring the doorbell from the chapel at 3 p.m. today.

The haunting anthem was heard at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.

It was also later played at the wedding of Diana’s sons Prince William in 2011 and Prince Harry in 2018.

In the early years, Prince Philip was very close to his late daughter-in-law and tried to support her marriage to his son, Prince Charles.

The Duke, a Greek prince of Danish blood, understood Diana’s difficulties in being an outsider within the royal family.

Royal author Ingrid Seward said in her new book, Prince Philip Revealed, “When (Diana) found the limitations of royal life difficult, it was Philip who helped her.

“Once married, she never sat next to her husband; she always sat next to Philip at the endless tie-dinners and he looked after her.”

This closeness continued after the controversial publication of Andrew Morton’s 1992 anthology Diana: your real story – detailing the marriage failure.

During an investigation into Diana’s death in a car accident in Paris, the trials revealed surprising letters between Philip and Diana.

In the letters written in 1992, Philip signed the notes “Pa” and was very sympathetic to Diana’s plight at the time.

He added that Charles “was foolish to risk everything with Camilla …

“We never dreamed that he felt like leaving you for her. I can’t imagine someone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla.

“Such a prospect never crossed our minds.”

In another letter, Philip offered to do everything in his power to save their marriage.

“Whenever I am invited, I will always do my best to help you and Charles to the best of my ability. But I am prepared to admit that I have no talent as a marriage counselor,” he wrote.

In return, Diana described the Duke of Edinburgh as “dearest father” and was grateful for his support.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997. (Photo by Anwar Hussein / WireImage)

The Duke assisted his grandchildren at Diana’s funeral in 1997 – where Vaughn Williams’ Rhosymedre rang the bell at Westminster Abbey.

He gave them strength by walking next to the boys.

Twenty-four years later, Harry and William will return the honor by walking behind Philip’s coffin during the ceremony.

The Duke of Edinburgh with Prince George, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk in 2015

The prince’s funeral will take place in St. George’s Chapel in a service that only 30 people attend due to coronavirus restrictions.

Prince Charles and Princess Anne will lead family members strolling behind the coffin as it travels in an eight-minute procession from the castle to the chapel on the grounds.

Both William and Harry will walk behind Andrew and Prince Edward with their cousin Peter Philips.


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