Prince William almost became overcome with emotion as a member of the public began to cry while chatting to him.
The Prince of Wales chatted to people at Sandringham earlier today, Tuesday September 15, as he viewed floral tributes laid out for his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
He was joined by his wife Kate, the new Princess of Wales.
Speaking to mourners who’d come to see the royal pair, one member of the public began to cry.
This then brought Prince William himself close to tears as he sweetly told the person: “Don’t cry now – you’ll start me,” Mirror Online reports.
While chatting to the public, William also told another person that the Queen’s procession from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Hall reminded him of Princess Diana’s funeral.
William walked alongside his brother Prince Harry behind the Queen's coffin – which was a heartbreaking echo of the funeral of their mother.
The brothers were aged 15 and 12 when they walked behind the coffin of their mother along with their father Charles on September 6, 1997.
Discussing the matter, the air to the throne said to a member of the public who'd laid down flowers for the Queen: “He told us yesterday had been particularly difficult and following the coffin had reminded him of his mother’s funeral, of Diana. He said it had been very difficult.”
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They added: "I said your mother would be so proud of you and thank you for sharing your grief with us and he said, ‘I’m learning that she was everyone’s grandmother – the way people have reacted’.”
In the difficult days that have followed since the Queen’s passing, the future King has been supported by his wife, Kate.
Earlier today at Sandringham, the Prince and Princess of Wales took several moments to view the various floral arrangements and gifts that have been left for the late monarch, while also taking the time to read the poignant messages of sympathy that have been left in her memory.
William in particular appeared to be deeply moved and visibly emotional as he bowed his head to look at the large number of colourful tributes in front of the estate’s gates.
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Kate also paid a subtle tribute to The Queen with her jewellery choice, as she opted to wear a pair of delicate pearl earrings that had previously belonged to the late monarch herself, alongside a chic black overcoat and dress for the occasion.
Pearl jewellery has long been synonymous with the funeral customs of grieving royals, with the tradition dating back to the time of Queen Victoria – but even beyond tradition, they were also one of the Queen’s favourite precious stones.
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