Prince William and Kate Middleton sent a touching message to Mila Sneddon, a five-year-old little girl that has a rare form of blood cancer and who stole Kate’s heart when they met back in 2021, on her first day back at school.
The couple, whose three children will also be heading back to the classroom in a matter of weeks, shared some encouraging words on Twitter in support of Mila as she started her first academic year not undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Lynda Sneddon, Mila’s mother, shared a photograph of the youngster smiling outside her school gates, with the royal couple sharing these words of encouragement after the photo was posted: “Such an incredible journey. Good luck from all of us at Kensington Palace, Mila.”
She captioned the picture: “First day back at school Very proud! This is Mila’s first school year not undergoing treatment. Love you Mila Thank you @NHSGGC for making this possible #ChildhoodCancer #childhoodcancerawareness #BloodCancer #remission #cancerfree.”
Mila’s mother was quick to thank the Cambridges for their kind words, replying with: Thank you for your very kind words Mila has settled in well and delighted to be back at school, sending best wishes to you all at KP.”
Mila was among those that were featured in Kate’s lockdown photographic project, Hold Still, being part of one of the more recognizable photographs of her kissing her family home’s kitchen window as her father stood outside-perfectly capturing the isolation we all felt during those times.
The Duchess first spoke to Mila over a Zoom call in autumn 2020, promising the young girl that she would wear a pink dress when they could meet in person. And Kate followed up her promise by wearing a bubblegum pink Me+Em dress when she met face-to-face with Mila at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in May 2021.
While talking with HELLO! Lynda revealed how welcoming Kate was to her daughter when they met. “I can’t put into words how remarkable the Duchess of Cambridge has been,” she said.
“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.”