It was the moment that brought yet more tears to Mark Lester’s eyes, after he had just said farewell to his friend Michael Jackson.
The King of Pop’s bewildered son Blanket looked at him and declared innocently that he thought his dad was simply away on holiday.
Mark, godfather to Jacko’s three children, revealed he had the emotional conversation with the confused seven-year-old after the moving memorial service to the King of Pop in Los Angeles.
The 50-year-old former child actor told Hello! magazine: “It is obvious to me that Blanket is still unsure about what exactly happened to his father.
“He said, ‘Where’s Daddy gone? On holiday?’ It was a rhetorical question and it broke my heart.
“Prince was taciturn, unusual for him, but we still had a hug.
“Paris gave me a tight hug and we just held each other for a while. We were both welling up. I told her that her dad would always lie in her heart and be remembered by at least half of the world.
Paris replied: ‘I’m just glad he is at peace’.”
Mark spoke as it emerged police are unlikely to bring murder charges against any of the doctors who treated 50-year-old Jacko in his final days.
The singer had made plans with Mark to spend this Christmas together and Paris, 11, told him she already had presents for his children.
The Oliver star added: “She was disappointed my daughters weren’t able to come to the memorial. She asked me, ‘Can we come and stay with you at Christmas and I can bring the presents?’
“I was very touched and hope that can still be arranged.
“It’s difficult to say until the custody arrangements have been finalised.” Mark is also planning to attend a second funeral, when Michael’s body is finally laid to rest.
He said: “Paris asked if I would bring my children, too.
“I know it would be a comfort to her as well as Prince and Blanket but I’m waiting on confirmation of a time and place.”
Mark said a possible custody row over the singer’s three godchildren would prove “disastrous” for the siblings, especially if they were split up.
He insisted Paris and Prince, 12, have no relationship with their biological mother Debbie Rowe.
And he said he could not bear the idea of the pair being separated from Blanket, whose real mum is not known.
He told Hello!: “The children don’t know her [Debbie Rowe] and haven’t seen her for years.
“They are exceptionally well taken care of in a loving environment.
“The possibility that the three children might be split up – Blanket, of course, is by another mother – is unthinkable and I believe it would be disastrous for all of them.”
He also insisted Paris’s heartbreaking tribute to her father at the end of the memorial service at the Staples Center was a spur-of-the-moment decision by the little girl.
The sobbing 11-year-old lunged for the microphone and told the millions watching: “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much.”
Mark explained: “It wasn’t planned, it was spontaneous and a decision taken by Paris.
“I sat directly behind the children at the service and know Paris decided to get up on the stage there and then, because she wanted to do something, by herself, for her dad.”
Asked about Jacko’s sudden death, Mark replied: “Like his family, I would like to see those responsible brought to justice.”
Police have discussed if they can bring other charges against doctors who gave drugs to Jacko.
A source said: “It’s going to be hard to prove a murder.
“Manslaughter could be proven if a doctor knowingly gave him more drugs than he should have that played a role in his death.”