Kate Middleton’s youngest son, Prince Louis, is “asking questions” about Queen Elizabeth II’s death as he struggles to understand.
The newly appointed Princess of Wales, 40, spoke to Australian Governor General David Hurley about her 4-year-old during a reception on Saturday at Buckingham Palace in London.
“The youngster is now asking questions like, ‘Do you think we can still play these games if we go to Balmoral? [Castle in Scotland] and stuff like that because she won’t be there?’” Hurley, 69, recalled their conversation, according to the Daily Mail.
He noted that Middleton’s 9-year-old son Prince George, on the other hand, “now kind of realizes how important his great-grandmother was and what’s going on.”
Last week, the former Duchess of Cambridge told benefactors outside the palace that her eldest child understood the death of the 96-year-old monarch better than Louis and the siblings’ 7-year-old sister, Princess Charlotte.
“She said they kept the kids as normal as possible,” explained an onlooker (via Hello!), adding that Middleton’s little ones “were doing well and… being looked after at school.”
George and Charlotte began their first year at Lambrook School in Berkshire, England, earlier this month after the family moved to Windsor. (They previously attended Thomas’s Battersea in London.)
On their second day of school, Buckingham Palace released a disturbing statement about the Queen’s deteriorating health.
While Middleton’s husband, Prince William, and other relatives hurried to the monarch’s bed in Balmoral, she was left with their children.
Later that same day, news came of the Queen’s death.
“The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sorrow for me and all members of my family,” King Charles III wrote in a statement at the time.
Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday, with Louis reportedly not attending with George and Charlotte due to his young age.