The COVID-19 restrictions in place also mean only 30 people will be able to attend, meaning it’s unlikely any of the Duke’s great-grandchildren will take part.
However, William and Kate have been sure to comfort their children over the 99-year-old’s death last Friday, according to sources.
A royal insider told outlets: “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.”
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Philip and Prince George
The Queen and Philip with seven of their great-grandchildren back in 2018
William may have taken this idea from the Queen, who once referred to her late husband as an “angel”.
Biographer Sally Bedell Smith claimed that the future Queen sent letters to her parents when she was away on her honeymoon where she heaped praise on her new husband.
She allegedly wrote: “Philip is an angel — he is so kind and thoughtful.”
The Duke of Cambridge also made a special mention of his grandfather’s relationship with his three children when he released an emotional statement about Philip’s death.
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 his moving tribute, William attached a previously unseen image of George on Philip’s carriage, while the Duke of Edinburgh smiles on at the camera.
Speaking to Us Weekly, the source continued: “Naturally, the children are very upset, particularly George and Charlotte.
The Queen and Philip looking at a homemade card from the Cambridge children to honour their 73rd wedding anniversary
The first lockdown happened shortly before Louis’ second birthday, meaning he is unlikely to have seen Philip in person since March 2020.
The insider continued: “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him.”
William has spoken openly about how important he thinks it is for children to speak about their emotions in the past.
Before Louis was born back in 2017, he said: “Catherine and I are clear that we want both George and Charlotte to grow up feeling able to talk about their emotions.
“For too long there has been a taboo about talking about some important issues.”
The royals released a previously unseen photograph of the Cambridges with the Queen and Philip in 2015
Kate and William with Louis, Charlotte and George back in December
Just the year before, William had also encouraged his fellow parents to “take a moment to ask their children how they are doing”, while campaigning for his mental health initiative, Heads Together.
He said: “Take the opportunity to discuss how you are coping with life and fatherhood with your wife, partner or with your friends.
“And know that if your son or daughter ever needs help, they need their father’s guidance and support just as much as they need their mother’s.”
William has also spoken movingly about how he and his wife try to honour his late mother’s memory with his children.
Princess Diana died tragically in a car crash in 1997, when the Duke of Cambridge was just 15 years old.
Speaking on the 20th anniversary of her death, William explained how his mother would have been a “lovely” figure in his children’s lives and she would have loved them “to bits” — although he added she might have been a “nightmare grandmother”, too.
He explained: “She’d come, probably at bath time, cause an amazing scene, bubbles everywhere, bathwater all over the place, and then leave.”
William and Kate have been helping their children cope after Philip’s death
He continued: ”It’s hard because obviously Catherine didn’t know her so she cannot really provide that level of detail, so I regularly put George and Charlotte to bed, talk about her and just try to remind them that there are two grandmothers, there were two grandmothers in their lives.
“So it’s important that they know who she was and that she existed.”
An insider also added: “George and Charlotte know all about their late grandmother and what an amazing woman she was.
“William tells them she’s watching over them from heaven.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK