Why Princess Diana’s name was banned from church service the morning after her car accident

The world stopped the morning after Princess Diana’s fatal car accident in August 1997. Everyone was in shock and didn’t know what the next steps for the royal family would be. Sadly, the family wasn’t able to hide from the world to mourn the loss of their loved one and instead had to spring into action to plan a funeral quickly. These were Princess Diana’s last words before she died.

Princess Diana’s sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, were very young at the time (15 and 12, respectively). Given their ages, the royal family was concernedabout how they would take the news. The family allowed the boys to sleep in the morning after their mother’s death instead of abruptly waking them up to tell them. Another protective precaution the Queen took was banning all mentions of Princess Diana’s name at the church service that took place at Balmoral that day. This is what Kensington Palace looked like right after Princess Diana’s death.

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Prince William (left) and Prince Harry, the sons of Diana, Princess of Wales, bow their heads as their mother's coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral service. The princess was killed in a car crash in Paris. (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry wait outside Westminster Abbey for Diana, the Princess of Wales' coffin to enter the Abbey. (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(From left) Prince Philip, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles walk together behind the carriage carrying the casket of Princess Diana in London on its way to the funeral at Westminster Abbey, 06 September. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STF (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Sir Elton John signing 'Candle In The Wind' at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 6: Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, and Prince Harry, join the Funeral Procession, at Diana Princess of Wales's Funeral, at St James Palace, for the journey to Westminster Abbey, London, on September 6, 1997, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 6: ( l to r ), The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry, and Charles, Prince of Wales join the Funeral Procession, at Diana Princess of Wales's Funeral, at St James Palace, for the journey to Westminster Abbey, London, on September 6, 1997, in London, England. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Hollywood star Tom Cruise (left) and his wife, actress, Nicole Kidman arrive at the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales with film director Steven Spielberg at Westminster Abbey. (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via 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 in September 1997. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
383207 02: Prince Charles, Right, Accepts Some Flowers From A Well-Wisher After He And His Sons Prince William, And Prince Harry, Left, Arrived At Kensington Palace To View Some Of The Flowers And Mementos Left In Memory Of Their Mother Princess Diana In London, Friday, Sept. 5, 1997. The Funeral For Princess Diana, Who Was Killed In A Car Crash In Paris Aug. 31, Will Be On Saturday At Westminster Abbey. (Photo By David Brauchli/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Queen Elizabeth II, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Tributes to the late Princess from the public, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The son of Diana, Prince William (R), and her brother Earl Spencer wait in front of Westminster Abbey in London to attend the funeral ceremony of the Princess of Wales 06 September. WPA POOL / AFP PHOTO / AFP WPA POOL / JOEL ROBINE (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Tributes to the late Princess from the public outside Kensington Palace, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Mourners on the procession route, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Tributes to the late Princess from the public, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
Millions of flowers blanket the ground in front of London's Kensington Palace, home of Diana, Princess of Wales, Sunday Sept. 7, 1997. Diana was buried Saturday as Britain bid a massive goodbye, closing a week of shock, sorrow, regret and recriminations. (Photo by David Brauchli)
The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, UK, 6th September 1997, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Earl Spencer and Prince William, 6th September 1997. (Photo by John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images)
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey, London. 6th September 1997. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey, London. Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York with their two daughters Eugenie and Beatrice. 6th September 1997. (Photo by Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The Funeral takes place of Diana, Princess of Wales. (L-R) The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and the Prince of Wales follow the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service. (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Princess Royal, her husband Captain Tim Laurence (2nd left), her son Peter Phillips (2nd right) and Prince Edward leave Westminster Abbey following the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. (Photo by Adam Butler - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Three young women weep during the funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales, in London 06 September.PENNY/AFP POOL (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, London, 6th September 1997 Express picture by John Downing Diana's family in Westminster Abbey (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
3-year-old Sam Swinney reflects the nation's sombre mood today (Saturday) as people gather on the Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle to pay their respects to Diana, Princess of Wales whose funeral was taking place at Westminster Abbey in London this morning. Photo OWEN HUMPHREYS/PA (Photo by Owen Humphreys - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
The coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales is carried by the bearer party of Welsh Guardsmen as it arrives at Westminster Abbey, for her funeral today (Saturday). (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Earl Spencer (4th left) Prince William, Prince Harry and The Prince of Wales (far right) watch the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, leave Westminster Abbey following her funeral. 23/08/02 : Britons rate the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, as the most significant event in the nation's history over the last 100 years, according to a survey published. More than 1,000 people were asked to take part in the poll, undertaken on behalf of the History Channel, with the death of Diana voted ahead of the outbreak of World War II and the winning of women's suffrage. (Photo by Sean Dempsey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Earl Spencer, Prince William and the Duke of Edinburgh watch the coffin of Diana, Princess of Wales, leave Westminster Abbey this afternoon (Saturday) following her funeral service. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince Charles (R), former husband of Diana, their two sons, Harry (C) and William follow the hearse in a Limousine as the coffin of Princess of Wales, makes its way from Saint James's Palace to Kensington Palace, Diana's former home, 05 September in London on the eve of her funeral. Some 2 million people are expected to line the route of the funeral procession. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The area around Kensington Palace, covered with flowers shows the great popularity of Diana. (Photo by Jon Jones/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images)
Earl Charles Spencer, the younger brother of Princess Diana, stands with Prince William, Prince Harry, and Prince Charles at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, only seven days after she was killed in an automobile accident in Paris. At least a million people lined the streets of central London to watch the procession with Diana's coffin from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey. She was buried at Althorp House, the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire. (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Guardsmen of the Prince of Wales Company of the Welsh Guards put Diana's casket in a hearse after the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, only seven days after she was killed in an automobile accident in Paris. The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard, the monarchy's flag, and topped with three wreaths, from Diana's sons and her brother. The Princess was buried at Althorp House, the Spencer family home in Northamptonshire. (Photo by Peter Turnley/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Earl of Althorp wait for Diana, the Princess of Wales' funeral cortege to arrive at St James' Palace. test 2 (Photo by David Giles - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Former husband of Diana Prince Charles (L) and their two sons Harry (C) and William wait in front of the Westminster Abbey in London after the funeral ceremony of Princess of Wales 06 September. WPA POOL (Photo credit should read JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)
BALMORAL - SEPTEMBER: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, holds the hand of Prince Harry as they view bouquets of flowers left in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales in September 1997 in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON- SEPTEMBER 6: (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry stands outside Westminster Abbey at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on September 6, 1997 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 5: (FILE PHOTO) The Prince of Wales, Prince William and Prince Harry look at floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales outside Kensington Palace on September 5, 1997 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
383207 02: Prince Charles, Right, Accepts Some Flowers From A Well-Wisher After He And His Sons Prince William, And Prince Harry, Left, Arrived At Kensington Palace To View Some Of The Flowers And Mementos Left In Memory Of Their Mother Princess Diana In London, Friday, Sept. 5, 1997. The Funeral For Princess Diana, Who Was Killed In A Car Crash In Paris Aug. 31, Will Be On Saturday At Westminster Abbey. (Photo By David Brauchli/Getty Images)
Prince William arriving at Aberdeen Airport to board a plane for London along with Prince Harry and his father, the Prince of Wales today (Friday). The Princes will attend the funeral of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales at Westminster Abbey tomorrow. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
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To further protect the boys from being traumatized by the details of their mother’s death, all of the televisions and radios in their home were hidden or moved. Even though the royal family tried to carry on as normal, the two princes were left feeling confused and devastated.

“Prince Harry actually asked his father, ‘Is it true that Mummy’s dead?’ Tina Brown, Princess Diana’s biographer shared in the documentary, Diana: 7 Days That Shook The Windsors. “The children couldn’t understand why everything was as normal, except a couple of hours earlier they’d been told their mother had died.”

The family may have tried to protect the two young princes as much as they could in the immediate aftermath, but it’s hard to help ease the pain of losing your mother. Now, learn the secrets about Princess Diana that no one knew until after her death.

See more of Diana and her sons below:

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VENICE, ITALY - MAY 5: (FILE PHOTO) (L-R) Diana the Princess of Wales holds her son Harry, whilst looking at Prince William held by his father Prince Charles on May 5, 1985 in Venice, Italy. Prince William will celebrate his 21st birthday on June 21, 2003. (Photo by Georges de Keerle/Getty Images)
Princes William and Harry with their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997) in the garden of Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986. William is wearing a Dallas Cowboys t-shirt.(Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana At Highgrove With Prince William And Prince Harry Dressed In Miniature Parachute Regiment Uniforms And Playing On Their Slide In The Garden (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 18: Princess Diana With Her Sons Prince William And Prince Harry Playing With A Playhouse In The Garden Of Their Home Highgrove (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
The Prince and Princess of Wales on holiday with their children, Princes William and Harry, at the Spanish royal residence Marivent Palace, August 1987. (Photo by Terry Fincher/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales arriving at Aberdeen airport with her sons William and Harry for a holiday at Balmoral Castle, August 1986. Princess Diana is wearing a polo motive sweater by Mondi. (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 16: Princess Diana And Prince William Leaving After Delivering Prince Harry To Mrs. Mynor's Nursery School. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Diana, Princess Of Wales, Holding A Young Prince Harry In Her Arms As She Watches Trooping The Colour With Prince William And Princess Margaret From The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
BALMORAL, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Harry play on the banks of the River Dee, near Balmoral Castle.during a Summer vacation, on August 18, 1987, in Balmoral, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
NECKER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - JANUARY 9: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry ( centre ), and her Niece's and Nephew's on holiday on Necker Island , on January 9, 1989 in Necker Island, British Virgin Islands. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
BATH - MAY 30: (FILE PHOTO) Prince William, Diana, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry and Charles, Prince of Wales, attend the wedding of the Duke of Hussey's daughter in May, 1989 in Bath, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 12: (FILE PHOTO) Princess Diana with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Wetherby School on September 12, 1989 in London, England. It is Prince Harry's first day at school. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Diana, The Princess Of Wales Takes Her Sons, Prince'S William, And Harry Out On The Boat ' Maid Of The Mist ' To View Niagara Falls. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
CHERTSEY, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 18: Diana, Princess of Wales, with Prince Harry, on the Depth Charge ride at Thorpe Park, Theme Park, on April 18, 1992 in Chertsey United Kingdom . (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - APRIL 10: Princess Diana With Princes William & Harry Skiing In Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
AUSTRIA - MARCH 30: Lech: Princess Diana, sons William and Harry going to restaurant in calash In Lech, Austria On March 30, 1993. (Photo by Laurent SOLA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
LECH, AUSTRIA - MARCH 27: Princess Diana With Prince William & Prince Harry In Sleigh During Ski Holiday In Lech, Austria. Behind Are Diana's Friends Kate Menzies And Catherine Soames (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 19: Princess Diana, Prince Harry [ Waving ] And Prince William Watching The Parade Of Veterans On V J Day, The Mall, London. Designer Of Diana's Suit - Tomasz Starzewski (please Check - People Magazine, 04/12/1999) (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
EMBARGOED TO 0001 Sunday July 23, 2017. NO USE AFTER MONDAY JULY 31, 2017. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO USE ON THE FRONT COVERS OF ANY UK OR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph (whose copyright is vested in the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry) is provided to you on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess holding Prince William whilst pregnant with Prince Harry, and features in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 Sunday July 23, 2017. NO USE AFTER MONDAY JULY 31, 2017. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO USE ON THE FRONT COVERS OF ANY UK OR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph (whose copyright is vested in the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry) is provided to you on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. All other requests for use should be directed to the Press Office at Kensington Palace in writing. This photograph released by Kensington Palace, from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, shows the princess and Prince Harry on holiday and features in the new ITV documentary 'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy', which airs on ITV at 21.00hrs on Monday 24th July.
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