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William Revealed George, Charlotte And Louis’ Favourite Bedtime Story

According to Hello!, the classic book The Gruffalo is a “hit” with his little angels.

Prince William met with the book’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler on Monday evening.

The children’s book tells the story of a mouse who takes a walk in a European forest and encounters several creatures who want to eat him.

The book has been turned into a West End play and was shown on Broadway.

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“I know who you are. It’s a big hit in our household, The Gruffalo.

“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,” Prince William said.

He added that it was a good thing that his son, 5-year-old Prince George, did not know that the rhino was for sale, otherwise he’d be “keeping an eye on it.”

Julia and Axel have decorated one of 21 model rhinos. The design Donaldson and Scheffler chose is one from their book, The Ugly Five.

It is a part of a project to raise awareness of the “critical threat” facing rhino populations at the hands of poachers.

Speaking of how the children’s writer and illustrator could help raise awareness for Tusk, William said: “We need the young generation to really understand.”


The Duke of Cambridge has been patron of the trust since 2005. This is one of the first charities that he adopted.

The royal dad toured the Tusk Rhino Trial and he had the chance to chat with the artists. The rhinos, which have all been painted by different artists, are set up in different parts of the city.

The models are currently on public displays at locations around London. On October 9, there will be an auction held at Christie’s for them to raise money for Tusk.

“It’s amazing,” the Duke proclaimed, as he walked around the small temporary display outside the Palace. “They’re brilliant, very good. I hope it’s created some debate.”

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