Heartbreaking way Prince William told Prince George, Charlotte and Louis about Prince Philip's death

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The heartbreaking way Prince William told Prince George, Charlotte and Louis about Prince Philip's death has been revealed.

Prince William is said to have told children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis about the death of Prince Philip by saying he had turned into 'an angel'.

The Duke of Cambridge had the heartfelt task of explaining to his three children about why their great-grandfather Prince Philip was no longer around, despite them previously spending time - with eldest Prince George having enjoyed carriage rides with him.

Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five and Louis, two, were all absent from the funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday as the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic meant restrictions of no more than 30 guests were allowed to attend the funeral to express their sympathy.

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Knowing what to say when someone dies is difficult, and Prince William had to explain to his children what had happened and it's understood the Duke told them in this heartbreaking way.

A source told US Weekly, “William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has ‘gone to heaven’ and ‘is an angel now’." The insider added, “They’re still so young.”

Despite not seeing their great-grandparents The Queen and Prince Philip much during the lockdown, they had taken part in several zoom calls and like any child, would wonder where their great-grandad was in future communications.

The last time the Cambridge children are thought to have seen the Duke of Edinburgh would have been during a visit to Balmoral in Scotland last August.

Grief is different for everyone and it's thought that Prince William will keep his grandfather's memory alive by putting photographs up of him in their home and telling bedtime stories about him.

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As reported the Duke of Edinburgh died on 9th April at home in Windsor Castle, where he was recovering from a successful heart operation after a month stay in hospital.

Child Berevement has lots of advice on how to inform children about the loss of a loved one and it's understood William and Kate could take their children to see Philip at his resting place in the coming days.

The Royal Vault will not be the Duke's final resting place as when the Queen dies, his body will be transferred to the King George VI memorial chapel to lie alongside his devoted wife of 73 years.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)