Ever wonder what Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince George‘s beloved bedtime story are? The Duke of Cambridge, 36, revealed that The Gruffalo is a “big hit” with his two eldest kids.
While meeting the book’s author at a conservation event held at Kensington Palace on Monday Prince William told the writer, “I know who you are.”
The Duke told the children’s book author Julia Donaldson and illustrator for the book Axel Scheffler that it’s one of George’s and Charlotte’s most-liked stories.
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Prince William also joked that his son George, 5, would be “keeping an eye” on the model rhino the author and illustrator decorated as part of an art installation to raise awareness for the dissipating rhino population that has occurred over the years due to poaching.
After meeting Donaldson, 69, and Scheffler, 61, William admitted to them, “I know who you are. It’s a big hit in our household.”
The book that was first published in 1999 tells the story of a mouse who takes a stroll in the enchanted forest and comes across several creatures that want to eat him. Along the way, the mouse meets a Gruffalo, a hybrid of a bear and buffalo.
William spoke about the duo’s decorated rhino they created giving praise, “‘It’s amazing, I love it. You can tell it’s you guys. It’s the eyes of the animals I think, you can always tell the eyes.’
Donaldson and Scheffler were asked to decorate 1 of 21 model rhino’s that were displayed at the event on behalf of the conservation organization Tusk. William has been a royal patron of the conservation group since 2005, and it was one of the first charities that he adopted.
Tusk works with Africa’s conservations to protect their endangered wildlife and fight against poaching. This has been a topic near and dear to William who has commissioned to stop illegal wildlife trade under the umbrella of his United for Wildlife coalition.
William was grateful to Donaldson and Scheffler for taking part in bringing awareness to the world’s endangered animals that are suffering. He thanked them for helping teach the younger generations about the importance of keeping our wildlife safe. “We need the young generations to really understand,” William said.