‘Friendly’ Kate Middleton’s gift to young girl with adorable message ‘Always be with you’

Mila Sneddon shows off the gift Kate Middleton gave to her

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Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on ITV, five-year-old Mila Sneddon and her parents Linda and Scott talked about the magical moment they got to meet the Duchess of Cambridge after Mila’s photo went viral during lockdown last year. The photo showed Mila, who was undergoing chemotherapy, kissing her dad through a window because he had to move out of the family home due to the fact he had to continue working and would pose a risk to his vulnerable daughter.

The picture has been featured among hundreds of other images in Kate’s book, Hold Still, which includes touching photos taken amid the pandemic.

Speaking to Mila via video link, Lorraine said: “When Kate spoke to you on the phone, she said she was going to wear a pink dress for you didn’t she? And what happened then?”

“She came in and I did my curtsy and dad did his bow,” the youngster explained.

“And she was wearing a pink dress!” Lorraine added. Mila said: “She did promise.”

Turning to Linda, Lorraine asked: “Has it all sunk in yet?”

“It was just an incredible experience and we were really well taken care of,” she replied.

Talking about the photograph, Scott said: “It was a tough time, it was unbelievable and who would have thought we’d have come so far from the photo, it’s just crazy.”

Mila said her favourite part of the day was getting the tour of the palace.

She also received a special gift from Kate, a small container which said: “I am always with you, be brave, have courage and love life.”

“What memories for the whole lot of you as a family, Linda, it’s just going to be astonishing,” Lorraine said.

“It will probably take a few days for it all to sink in.”

Linda said: “Yes I really think so and it was such a surreal experience, it was just phenomenal and it’s been very much appreciated from both the Duke and Duchess to allow us to take part in that yesterday after a difficult time.”

Lorraine commented on how the royal couple seemed like they had been “so friendly,” and Scott agreed, adding: “They are, and I was feeling a little nervous but they do, they just make you feel so relaxed.

“And take that nervousness away.” Lorraine said: “What an amazing, amazing day.

“Mila is looking fantastic, I love her hair, it’s great to see her hair all grown in.”

Linda explained Mila is back on chemotherapy daily.

Lorraine commented on the way the youngster has taken all the media attention in her stride as she smiled at the camera with her parents.

Viewers loved the interview as Mila stole their hearts. One took to Twitter to say: “#lorraine Mila is an absolute sweetheart.”

Another wrote: “That was really nice of the Princess going to the bother of donning a pink dress for Mila ! #lorraine.”

“Aww mila looks so well she’s got all her hair back #lorraine,” another said.

Lorraine airs at 9am on weekdays on ITV.

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