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Song moves young princes to tears

LONDON, Sept. 6 -- Princess Diana's sons put up a brave front before cameras that captured their images just before their mother's funeral, but they broke down and cried when Elton John sang his tribute to her. Twelve-year-old Prince Harry had already given other reason to shed tears with the floral tribute he placed on her coffin today.

A card propped up in the white roses was etched with the word 'Mummy.' Both Harry and his 15-year-old brother William had insisted on walking with the funeral cortege from St. James Palace to Westminster Abbey, and they were joined by their father Prince Charles, their mother's brother, Earl Spencer and their granfather, Prince Philip. The boys showed little emotion during the procession, but once inside the Westminister Abbey, where television cameramen had promised not to film the royal family, they quietly wiped at occasional tears. Then, when Elton John sang the version of 'Candle in the Wind' written for Diana, they openly cried. Those inside the catheral say that as the singer sang the line 'Your candle burned out long before your legend ever will,' Harry buried his face in his hands and sobbed. William also cried during the song and later was visibly moved by the words of his uncle, who rebuked both the media and the royal family for their treatment of Diana. ---

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