Prince William and Kate Middleton told their children -- Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis -- about the death of Prince Philip in a gentle manner. The Duke of Cambridge talked to his children, who are in the ages of seven, five and two, respectively.
According to reports, William had to tell his kids that their great-grandfather has "gone to heaven" as an "angel." While Kate wanted to protect the kids since they are still very young, she supported her husband in gently informing the children.
Two days after Philip's death, Prince William shared a tribute on the Kensington Royal Instagram page, with a photo of his grandfather as taken by Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge captured Philip as he sat on the horse carriage with George, who was about three or four years old then. It has been known that Philip used to frequently come by the Cambridge family's Anmer House to take his grandkids riding on his horse carriage.
William wrote in his tribute that he's glad that his wife and children had the chance to get to know his grandfather for many years. He said that he will "never take for granted" the special memories his children have with the Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Cambridge also promised his grandfather that he and Middleton will continue what Philip would have wanted and that was to help Queen Elizabeth in her duties.
Meanwhile, George, Charlotte and Louis, as well as the other great-grandchildren of the queen and the duke, are not expected to be at the funeral on Saturday, April 17. Despite their closeness to Philip, royal expert Ingrid Seward believes that he would not want the kids to be "racing up and down the aisle" during a solemn ceremony.
Prince William and Middleton, however, are expected to be present at the funeral, as well as the rest of the senior members of the royal family. Sources said that William will be walking side-by-side with Harry and their father, Prince Charles when they hold a procession from the private chapel in Windsor Castle to St. George's Chapel.
The public, on the other hand, is not advised to be in the vicinity during the funeral due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Queen Elizabeth is also not expected to walk with her family. Instead, she will be driven to St. George after the procession. Sources said that the royal family will be wearing face masks at the ceremony.