This is a tough conversation. Princess Kate opened up about how her youngest son, Prince Louis, is coping with Queen Elizabeth II‘s death.
The Princess of Wales, aged 40, spoke to Governor-General David HurleyAustralia during King Charles III‘s reception for dignitaries and world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, September 18, explaining that Louis, 4, hasn’t fully wrapped his head around the royal family’s loss.
“The younger one is now asking questions like, ‘Do you think we can still play these games when we go to Balmoral,’ and things like that, because she’s not going to be there,” Hurley recalled to reporters after the reception of his conversation with Kate.
Louis asked Kate for help while he was away. Prince William “lots of questions” about Elizabeth’s passing, older brother Prince George has a slightly better understanding, Hurley said, adding, “The older one is sort of now realizing how important his great-grandmother was and what is going on.”
Kate, 9, has a daughter named Princess Charlotte, along with George and Louis, 40. The couple’s eldest two children are set to attend the queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19, according to the official order of service released by the palace.
George and Charlotte (7 and 7 years old) will be following their parents and other senior royal family members, including Charles (70). Queen Consort Camilla,Princess AnneMore. The chapel will be accessible to children younger than the rest. Prince Harry Meghan MarkleThe coffin is taken from Westminster Hall, where it was in state for four consecutive days.
Elizabeth, 96, died on September 8 at her Balmoral home in Scotland. While the U.K. was in mourning, Kate and William shared their grief during a walk on the Windsor Castle grounds with Harry (38) and Meghan (41). The Duchess spoke to well-wishers and discussed how her children were coping with the loss.
“[Louis said,] ‘At least Grannie is with Great-Grandpa now,’” Kate said on September 10, referring to Her Majesty’s late husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 at age 99.
While his older siblings are set to participate in the funeral proceedings on Monday, Louis’ name was not included in the official program. The trio did not attend when Philip was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in Windsor last spring. Due to COVID-19 protocols at the time, only 30 people were present for the late duke’s service.
Kate and William were careful when they explained Philip’s passing to their children, who were “still so young” when their great-grandfather died, a source told Us WeeklyApril 2021. “William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has ‘gone to heaven’ and ‘is an angel now,’” the insider added. “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him.”