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Prince William and Kate Middleton are helping their children cope with grief by telling them Prince Philip "is an angel now".
The couple's three children are considered "too young" to join the funeral procession which will follow the royal's coffin around the grounds of Windsor Castle.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly trying their best to help Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis deal with the grief of losing their great-grandfather.
A royal insider told Us Weekly said: "William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has 'gone to heaven' and 'is an angel now'.
"They’re still so young so he and Kate wanted to let them down gently.
"Naturally, the children are very upset, particularly George and Charlotte. Louis is still very young and had only met Prince Philip a couple of times.
"George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him."
William made a special mention of his grandfather's relationship with the three children when he released an emotional statement in the wake of Philip's death last week aged 99.
He wrote: "I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his carriage and seeing for themselves this infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour."
Along with the moving tribute, William attached a previously unseen image of George on Philip's carriage, while the Duke of Edinburgh smiles on at the camera.
Philip's funeral on Saturday will be attended by only 30 people in line with current Covid-19 restrictions with Philip's 10 great-grandchildren not expected to be among the congregation.
The royals are expected to wear suits for the occasion after deciding to forego military uniform to "avoid embarrassing Prince Harry".
Under the original plan Harry faced being one of the only close relatives not in uniform – despite serving with the Army in Afghanistan – as he lost his honorary titles after quitting as a working royal.
- Prince George
- Prince Philip
- Prince William
- Princess Charlotte
- Royal Family
- Kate Middleton Duchess Of Cambridge
- Prince Louis
- Prince Harry
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