Queen denied Prince Charles surprising and brave request after Dianas death

The Queen denied Prince Charles' "brave" request to fly Diana's body back to the UK in the royal plane she was killed in Paris.

Her Majesty eventually acquiesced to Prince Charles' demands after telling him no.

The monarch had initially refused to grant his request but Charles would not give in and The Queen granted his request to fly to Paris, where Diana died 24 years ago today.

Journalist and friend of Diana, Richard Kay, previously told the Channel 5 documentary, Diana: 7 Days That Shook the Windsors: "This was a surprising and brave move.

"He was an ex-husband, he had no right to be there other than as the father of her sons.

"Charles wanted to take the royal flight to Paris but the Queen wouldn't allow it.

"Charles fought harder for Diana than he had ever fought for her in her lifetime."

He flew to Paris alongside Diana's sisters Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes before being taken to Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, where the princess died.

Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, was already at the hospital with some of her other closest members of staff.

He said: "He was devastated. This was a woman he had loved in his own way."

After spending a short time in the hospital Charles and Diana's sisters emerged as did Diana's coffin. It was draped with the Royal Standard at the prince's request.

Her coffin was taken to the royal plane, which was waiting at an airport in Paris, and just 16 hours after her death, it touched down at RAF Northolt just outside of London.

She was taken to a private mortuary before being moved to St James's Palace and then Kensington Palace.

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Meanwhile, just 20 minutes later, the plane took off again to take Charles to Aberdeen so he could return to his heartbroken sons, who were still at Balmoral.

Diana's funeral came six days later on September 6, 1997, at Westminster Abbey.

Charles walked behind the coffin as part of the funeral procession with his sons, Diana's brother Charles Spencer and Prince Philip.

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