Matthew Newton’s new heartache after Bert’s death

Matthew was unable to attend his father's funeral in person.
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Bert Newton’s only son, Matthew, delivered a moving tribute via a letter read out at his father’s state funeral on November 12.

WATCH: Matthew Newton pens touching letter for father Bert’s funeral 

Now, an insider tells New Idea the touching note also contained a hint about a sadness in his own life.

At the funeral, Matthew’s letter jokingly made reference to his sister Lauren having a “million” kids.

Matthew gave a touching tribute at his dad’s state funeral. (Credit: Getty)

But insiders suggested that the 44-year-old actor regretted that he and wife, Catherine Schneiderman, hadn’t started their own family while Bert was alive.

“Matthew sees how happy his sister is and really wants a baby,” the source tells.

“It would be lovely for Patti, who adores her grandkids, but having another one from Matthew would be the icing on the cake.

“If Matthew was a dad, it would be tinged with sadness though, given how close he was with Bert at the end, and that he will never meet that child.”

WATCH: Matthew Newton talks about his troubled past

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The 44-year-old has been notoriously private about his life since packing up and leaving Australia in 2012, but it was there that he met his now-wife, whose father was the former New York Attorney-General, Eric Schneiderman.

Matthew and Catherine, 28, married in a secret ceremony four years ago, but none of his family reportedly attended the service and it had never officially been announced that they’d tied the knot.

However, during Bert’s funeral service, the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Werner Utri, referred to Catherine Schneiderman as Matthew’s wife, ultimately putting rumours of a breakup to rest.

Matthew and Catherine got engaged in October 2016, and the following year, a source close to the Newtons claimed to New Idea the couple exchanged ‘I dos’ in a private ceremony at the home of Catherine’s mother in New York.

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