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Four heartbreaking little-known details of Princess Diana’s funeral 24 years on

It has been 24 years since the funeral of the much loved Princess Diana was watched by billions of mourners worldwide and around two million lining the streets.

The 'People's Princess' was laid to rest on September 6 in 1997, following a public funeral that included a sombre procession from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey.

Although the funeral was watched by so many, there are some little known details about the event that have slowly emerged throughout the years since — and they make the already sad day even more heartbreaking in retrospect.

William and Harry were 'told not to cry'

Mourners watched on as a young Prince William and Prince Harry, aged just 15 and 12 at the time, were seen with their father.

It is alleged that they were instructed not to cry by dad Prince Charles, who is said to have told an upset Harry ‘you don’t cry, you walk’ as reported in ITV’s Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings.

Both Harry and William managed to keep their composure for the entire journey behind their mother's coffin, which was almost two hours long.

However as adults they've both spoken out about how difficult it was to walk behind their mum in front of millions.

Diana bought her burial dress weeks before she died

As confirmed on the Lady Diana Foundation website, Diana was buried wearing a black long-sleeve wrap-around dress by Catherine Walker, which she had ordered three weeks before her death.

She was buried with a set of rosary beads that were given to her as a gift she had received from Mother Teresa.

She was buried on a private family island

Diana was also originally supposed to be buried in the Spencer Family vault but the plans were changed for a more private location.

The funeral took place at Westminster Abbey but she was later buried privately on an island in the middle of Oval Lake, on the grounds of the Spencer family home, Althorp Park.

It was reported that her brother Earl Spencer was concerned the burial place would be overwhelmed by visitors.

Although visitors can’t visit Diana’s grave, Althorp is open to visitors at certain times during the year, where you can look across the lake to the white memorial urn.

Visitors can also visit the lakeside temple dedicated to Diana and leave tributes to the late princess.

Diana's brother gave a controversial eulogy

At Diana’s funeral, her brother Charles Spencer criticised the Royal Family and the UK press for the treatment of his sister.

He mentioned the "ever-present paparazzi" and said his sister was "sneered at by the media while claiming Princess Diana as "the most hunted person of the modern age."

His criticism for the royals was around the lives of his nephews, William and Harry, and urged them to allow the two to “sing openly”.

He said: "I pledge that we, your blood family, will do all we can to continue the imaginative way in which you were steering these two exceptional young men so that their souls are not simply immersed by duty and tradition but can sing openly as you planned.

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Princess Diana tragically died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris on 31 August 1997, as her driver was fleeing the paparazzi.

The crash also killed her companion Dodi Fayed and the driver Henri Paul.

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