'Certain moments catch you out': Prince William opens up on grief since Queen's death

The new Prince and Princess of Wales spoke with people who helped organise the committal service for the Queen during an appearance in Windsor on Thursday. 

During the visit to Windsor’s Guildhall, one of the staff members talked about how difficult the last few days must have been for the Prince.

William responded: “If you flip it on its head, it is always very comforting that so many people care. It makes it a lot better.

“There are certain moments that catch you out. You are prepared for all, but certain moments catch you out.”

Kate and William had been meeting with the volunteers and staff, when the Prince opened up about his grief. 


While speaking to council workers, he also joked about Paddington Bear being a “new addition” to what people bring to pay tribute to the Queen, following a sketch she was in for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

He added: “The corgis have been there for longer”. 

Meanwhile, Kate asked the crowd whether any of them had been in the crowd on Monday during the late sovereign’s state funeral. 

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead volunteer ambassadors replied that people had travelled from across the world to be there. 

She replied: “It’s amazing how many people wanted to come and pay their respects.”

The couple also spoke to Windsor Castle staff who helped to organise floral tributes, with as many as 100,000 said to have been laid in Windsor.

Kate said: “The spotlight was on Windsor and it looked incredible, so well done”. 

According to the local authority, about 900 stewards helped manage the huge crowds in Windsor, which are believed to have been made up of 103,000 people. 


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