Kate kept a promise to a young cancer sufferer who wanted to meet a princess dressed in pink.
The Duchess of Cambridge invited little Mila Sneddon and her family to the Queen’s official Edinburgh home and wore an outfit that matched the five-year-old’s dress.
The Duchess told the girl that she wanted to give her a ‘big squeezy cuddle’.
Mila had featured in a picture from Kate’s lockdown photography project and came to symbolise isolation during the coronavirus crisis after being pictured kissing her kitchen window while her Dad stood outside.
She is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia and was photographed separated from her father during the first lockdown, after he had to go to work and could not risk bringing coronavirus into the family home in Falkirk.
Kate and Mila had talked on the phone after the image was among 100 selected for the duchess’ Hold Still exhibition and book, and agreed to meet up.
The pair met at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the little girl was delighted when Kate walked in.
‘Hi Mila, look at you. I want to give you a big squeezy cuddle, it’s so nice to meet you in person,’ the Duchess said.
The five-year-old stood up as did her father and mother, Scott and Lynda Sneddon, and her big sister Jodi.
Kate praised the little girl who was dressed head-to-toe in pink with matching headband, dress and shoes.
She said: ‘I love your dress, can you do a little twirl – and your shoes.’
Mila spun round for the future queen before running over to her father.
Her mother, who described the experience of chatting to Kate as ‘surreal’, said the young Scot did a handstand and cartwheel in front of the duchess.
After meeting Kate, Mila described the story behind her Hold Still picture, which was taken by her mother:
She explained: ‘It’s because daddy had to self-isolate to keep me safe from the coronavirus and then he finally came back home.’
Mr Sneddon had isolated from his daughter as a precaution in the early stages of the pandemic, when it was unclear what effect the virus had on children.
But after seven weeks he was able to return home.
When Mila was asked about what she and the duchess spoke about, she replied: ‘Well I was busy drawing a picture – a robot.’
But she liked Kate’s pink dress and said about the experience: ‘It was so good, I’ve never met a real princess in my life before.’
There was an exchange of gifts with Kate giving the little girl a tiny trinket box inscribed with a message about bravery while the duchess’ young friend presented her with a candle and a bag.
Mrs Sneddon said: ‘It’s a really surreal and bizarre experience, we’ve come out of lockdown and this is our first trip out which is really unusual.’
The duchess and Mila’s mother found common ground in parenthood, and said they spoke about their children and Mila’s treatment.
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