Mum of cancer patient, 5, who met Kate Middleton praises royal as 'so caring'

By Laura Harding

The mum of a girl fighting cancer said the Duchess of Cambridge was 'caring and considerate' when they met her and has had an impact on her daughter.

Five-year-old Mila Sneddon featured in a picture from Kate's lockdown photographic project and came to symbolise isolation during the pandemic.

In the touching image she was pictured kissing her dad through a kitchen window at her home as he stood outside.

The youngster is undergoing chemotherapy for a rare type of leukaemia and was photographed separated from her dad during the first lockdown.

Mila's dad had to go to work and could not risk bringing coronavirus into the family home in Falkirk.

The meeting had a impact on the five-year-old (Getty Images)

Kate and Mila had a telephone conversation after the image was among 100 selected for the duchess' Hold Still exhibition and book.

The pair later met at the Palace of Holyrood house and Mila's mother Lynda has said Kate was 'caring and considerate' and the visit has had a lasting impact.

She told Hello! magazine: "I can't put into words how remarkable the Duchess of Cambridge has been.

"She was so caring and considerate. I got a real sense of her being a mother in the way she spoke to Mila.

"There were challenges, because of all the Covid restrictions and wearing masks, but she said she wanted to give Mila a big hug.

"I think any kid that can get the chance to go to a proper palace and experience what Mila experienced that day is significant."

Mila with her mum, dad and sister Jodi (Getty Images)

Lynda said Mila was given silver service for a bowl of Rice Krispies when she mentioned she was hungry during her visit, adding: "They sent in a butler with a silver platter, silver bowl and silver jug.

"I told her, 'You're going to come down to earth with a huge bump when we get home and you ask for your Rice Krispies tomorrow'."

Mila with mum Lynda (Getty Images)
The full interview is in Hello! magazine (PA)

Mila has launched her own charity campaign, Scoot In September, which encourages people to raise funds and awareness for Blood Cancer UK by posting pictures of their loved ones.

The full interview is in Hello! out now.

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