King Charles told Queen was dying over the phone before everything went silent

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King Charles III found out the news of the Queen’s ailing health just before it became public knowledge after he received a "surprise" phone call.

Camilla, then Duchess of Cornwall, was about to have an interivew with the daughter of former US president George Bush before the mood changed quickly.

Speaking on True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat, Newsweek's chief royal correspondent Jack Royston shared how events unfolded last Thursday (September 8).

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He said: "Charles and Camilla were in Dumfries House.

"Camilla was actually about to record a TV interview with Jenna Bush Hager, who said she heard footsteps running in the hallway.

"Charles took a call, everything was silent, and they were asked to be silent. Then the next thing she knew, Charles and Camilla were in a helicopter.

"And that was at 12.30 [on Thursday 8th September], so that was around exactly the same time that we were told.

“So they didn’t wait, they didn’t give Charles an hour or two hours [before telling the public]."

Jenna also shared her encounter on NBC's Today show, saying: "We heard sort of running up and down the halls. [The royal’s team came in and said, ‘Can you please be quiet. There’s a call.'

"We were right by then-Prince Charles’, now King Charles III’s, office.

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"All of a sudden, we heard a helicopter, which they don’t take lightly."

Charles and Camilla headed to Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, where they stayed with the Queen by her bedside before she passed away.

Her Majesty's coffin is now currently lying in state at Westminster Hall as tens of thousands of mourners arrived to say their final farewell before the state funeral on Monday (September 19).

Prince Harry will be allowed to wear his military uniform and join his brother, William and other members of the Royal Family for a 15-minute silent vigil tomorrow (Saturday, September 17).

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