Prince Philip ‘secretly comforted’ William in poignant moment at Diana’s funeral

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Prince Philip secretly comforted his grandson Prince William as he walked behind his mother Princess Diana's coffin at her funeral, a new documentary has revealed.

A clip from the day in 1997 shows the moment 15-year-old, grief-stricken William is reassured by his granddad – but only when he thought the cameras could not see him.

The touching moment is featured in the new ITV documentary titled 'Philip: Prince, Husband, Father', which is set to be broadcast on Tuesday at 9pm, Mirror Online reports.

The programme is made in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died at the age of 99 earlier this year.

The documentary will draw on rare archive footage as well as audio recordings with Philip talking about his role as prince, husband and father.

It will also feature colourised footage of the Queen and Philip in their younger years as well as interviews with the Duke, a range of topics.

Talking about the moment at Diana's funeral, Martin Palmer, co-founder of The Alliance of Religions and Conservation with Prince Philip, spoke of how the Duke recalled the moment of comfort at the traumatic occasion.

He said he gently touched William on the back to comfort him and that it had happened only because he thought they were not in the shot of any cameras.

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Mr Palmer said of the Duke: "There's a moment where they go under the Horse Guards Parade arch where it's quite clear that Prince Philip – and I asked him about this he said, 'Yes, I didn't think the cameras could see us' – at that point he turns to William, who he is walking beside and comforts him.

"You've just got to watch that moment and realise here is a grandfather who is trying to help his young, very vulnerable grandson struggle through this awful, awful moment.

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"He knew what it was like to be a member of a dysfunctional family and he did his damnedest to make sure that did not happen to his grandchildren."

The documentary will see a cast of royal experts and associates of Philip sharing their memories of the longest serving British consort.

William and his younger brother Prince Harry were young men at the time of their mother's tragic death following a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

There was a wave of collective public mourning for Diana and her funeral was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide.

Harry has later gone on to speak about the horror of the funeral procession and said that no child should have been made to walk behind their mother's coffin.

Philip: Prince, Husband, Father will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 21 at 9pm on ITV.

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