Adil Ray: William and Harry at Diana's funeral was 'terrible thing'

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Watch: Adil Ray questions Princess Diana funeral protocol for William and Harry.

Adil Ray has it was a 'terrible thing' that Princes William and Harry had to walk behind the coffin of their mother, Princess Diana, at her funeral.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on the 25th anniversary of Diana's death in Paris, Ray reflected on the events and aftermath of her death and funeral.

Ray said: "Every time I see that scene of the sons walking behind the coffin I think 'Why was that allowed?' It’s a terrible thing for them to have to do, really."

Adil Ray has questioned Prince Harry and Prince William's roles at Princess Diana's funeral. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Adil Ray has questioned Prince Harry and Prince William's roles at Diana's funeral. (Images via Getty Images)

The Citizen Khan actor went on to say: "For those of us who have lost loved ones in our lives, imagine having to do that. It’s just absolutely heartbreaking."

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One of the most famous moments from Diana's funeral is of her two sons, then aged 15 and 12, walking behind her coffin with their father Prince Charles.

It has long been considered a controversial choice by the Royal Family who were criticised for putting her sons prominently in the spotlight.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, England, September 6, 1997. The funeral took place seven days after she was killed in an automobile accident in Paris. Members of the royal family walked in the procession behind the coffin, as did 500 representatives of the charities associated with the Princess.  At least a million people lined the streets of central London to watch the procession from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey.   (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales ahead of her funeral. (Getty Images)

Princess Diana died on 31 August in 1997 after being involved in a car crash in Paris. Her partner Dodi Fayed also died in the incident as did their driver Henri Paul.

Last year, on the anniversary of their mother's death, William and Harry got together to unveil a statue of the late Princess at Kensington Palace.

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021, which would have been her 60th birthday. - Princes William and Harry set aside their differences on Thursday to unveil a new statue of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP) (Photo by YUI MOK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince William and Prince Harry. (AFP via Getty Images)

At the time, they said in a joint statement: "We remember her love, strength and character. Qualities that made her a force for good around the world, changing countless lives for the better."

Prince Harry has previously criticised the Royal Family for being unwilling to speak about Diana's death and his struggles with grief.

Harry said that he drank excessively and took drugs to try and deal with the death of his mother at a young age.