But that’s exactly what Princess Diana was forced to do in 1995 after she separated from Prince Charles.
The mum-of-two sat down with her eldest son, 13-year-old William, and broke the news to him.
But the way she told him has probably shaped him into the man he is today.
The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased to share three photographs from the personal photo album of the late Diana, Princess of Wales that feature in the new ITV documentary ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.’ The 90-minute film, made by Oxford Film and Television, celebrates the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales in the 20th anniversary year since her passing. In the documentary, The Duke and Prince Harry recall fond memories from their childhood as they look through photographs in a family album assembled by the late Princess. ‘Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy’ will air on @itv at 9pm on Monday 24th July.