Prince Louis Shares Wise Words of Comfort to the Princess of Wales Upon Learning of the Queen’s Death

Sweet, sweet Louis…

Kate Middleton and Prince Louis
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Out of the mouths of babes: he may only be four years old, but Prince Louis comforted his mother, the Princess of Wales, with wisdom far beyond his years on the death of the Queen this past Thursday at 96.

While speaking to children as she walked amongst mourners outside of Windsor Castle yesterday, Kate said her youngest told her, upon learning of his great-grandmother’s death, “at least Grannie is with Great-Grandpa now,” according to The Sunday Times’ royal editor Roya Nikkhah, per PEOPLE.

Her Majesty’s death comes 17 months after the death of Prince Philip in April 2021 at 99 years old. The couple were married for over 73 years at his passing.

Kate made the statement while greeting mourners at Windsor Castle alongside her husband, Prince William, brother-in-law Prince Harry, and sister-in-law Meghan Markle. In a remarkable show of unity, the new Prince of Wales invited the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and Kate as they viewed the floral tributes left for Her Majesty yesterday.

“While I will grieve her loss, I also feel incredibly grateful,” William wrote in a poignant post about his grandmother on social media yesterday. “I have had the benefit of The Queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade…I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”

The Queen’s coffin is currently en route to Edinburgh, where she will lie in state at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. She will begin her journey home to London late tomorrow after a day of mourning in the Scottish capital.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.