Prince Philip saw kingly qualities in 7-year-old Prince George, says insider: 'He knows what he wants'

'Philip remarked a couple of times that he’s already showing signs of being an excellent king,' said the insider

Prince Philip saw kingly qualities in 7-year-old Prince George, says insider: 'He knows what he wants'
Prince Philip with Prince George (Twitter/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
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Following Prince Philip's funeral on April 17, details about his life, what he thought of his many family members continue to be revealed. A royal insider recently revealed Prince Philip's opinion about his great-grandson, Prince George, the seven-year-old son of William and Kate 

According to New Idea, Prince Philip believed that George had qualities that befitted a king. The seven-year-old is third-in-line to the throne. It was revealed that Prince Philip understood what it would take to be the head of a monarch after having stayed by Queen Elizabeth's side for decades. A royal insider was quoted as saying, "Philip liked to portray himself as an old grump, but the truth was he was very warm, especially with the little ones."

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The source then added, "He had a lot of time for George in particular, and often took him on outings in his buggy." The source also said that "Philip remarked a couple of times that he’s already showing signs of being an excellent king – he’s a boy who knows what he wants, and the duke appreciated that." 

A picture that was released by Prince William and Kate on their official Twitter page also hints at the close bond that Prince Philip held with Prince George. The picture sees the two of them sitting side by side on a carriage. Along with the image that was shared, William 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 his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humor."

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(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.

Prince William's three children, however, did not attend the funeral that was held on Saturday at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis's absence was felt as Prince William and Kate left alone. The Covid-19 restrictions led to the funeral being attended by 30 members, who were close family and friends. 

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According to US Weekly, a royal insider claimed that Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke the news to the kids gently. The insider said, "William told George, Charlotte and Louis that Prince Philip has ‘gone to heaven’ and ‘is an angel now,’” and added, "They’re still so young.” The source further added, “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him.”

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, in Windsor, England. (Getty Images)

When the kids learned about Philip's passing, the insider revealed, “Naturally, the children are very upset, particularly George and Charlotte,” and added, "Louis is still very young and had only met Prince Philip a couple of times.” The source also shared, “George, Charlotte and Louis helped William choose a photograph of Prince Philip to hang in their home in memory of him."

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