Girl who met Kate urges her to ‘fight it like I did’ after cancer diagnosis

Kate talking to Mila, then aged six, at a carol service in Westminster Abbey in 2021
Kate talking to Mila, then aged six, at a carol service in Westminster Abbey in 2021 (Picture: PA)


A schoolgirl who met Kate Middleton during her cancer treatment has urged the princess to ‘fight it like I did’.

The Princess of Wales, 42, comforted Mila Sneddon in 2021 while she was having chemotherapy for leukaemia during lockdown.

Mila, now eight and in remission, was able to return the favour.

She urged the princess: ‘You will be brave because I was and you will fight it like I did,’ The Sunday Mail reported.

A photo of the girl came to symbolise isolation during the pandemic, showing kissing the kitchen window in her home as her father stood outside.

The photo of Mila, from Stenhousemuir, near Falkirk in Scotland, touched Kate so much she included it in a photography project.

Lynda Sneddon, Mila’s mum, tweeted: ‘We are deeply saddened upon hearing the news about the Catherine.

‘A kind caring soul who has always championed Mila both during and after her treatment. Mila is equally sad to hear this news and will reach out privately in her own way.’

It comes as Kate thanked the public for their ‘warmth and support’ after announcing she is having cancer treatment.

Both she and husband Prince William are said to be ‘enormously touched’ and ‘extremely moved’ by the reaction to the emotional revelation on Friday evening.

Kate, 42, revealed she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy in a video message on Friday that gave an answer to months of speculation following an undisclosed abdominal surgery in January.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said yesterday: ‘The prince and princess are both enormously touched by the kind messages from people here in the UK, across the Commonwealth and around the world in response to Her Royal Highness’ message.

‘They are extremely moved by the public’s warmth and support and are grateful for the understanding of their request for privacy at this time.’

Kate with five year-old Mila at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on May 27, 2021
Kate with five year-old Mila at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on May 27, 2021 (Picture: Getty)
King Charles, who was also diagnosed with cancer this year, is said to be proud of his ‘beloved’ daughter-in-law for her courage in speaking about her treatment and has remained in close contact during the past few weeks.

William and Kate have focused on their children, taking the time to sensitively share the state of the princess’s health with Prince George, Prince Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Words of support also came from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who said: ‘We wish health and healing for Kate and the family, and hope they are able to do so privately and in peace.’

The form of cancer has not been disclosed, but the future queen began a course of ‘preventative chemotherapy’ late in February, and is said to have a positive mindset for her recovery and is in good spirits, describing herself as ‘well and getting stronger every day’.

Hashtags including ‘WeLoveYouCatherine’ and ‘GetWellSoonCatherine’ were trending on X, formerly Twitter, and well-wishers visited Windsor in Berkshire, on Saturday.

 

Prince William and his wife Kate pictured in October last year

Prince William and his wife Kate pictured in October last year (Picture: Getty)

Linda Boby, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: ‘It’s such a shock, she’s such a young lady and she deserves her privacy.’

Local Clementine Black, 49, a business consultant, said: ‘It’s unbelievably upsetting that Kate has to come out and say this because of online speculation to be honest.’

Ann Anderson, 75, from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, said: ‘My heart goes out to her, my heart goes out to William, hasn’t he been through enough? He really doesn’t need any more.’

Political leaders of all sides expressed sympathy and support for Kate and criticised what Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described as the ‘intense scrutiny’ she has faced from social media and sections of the media around the world.

Lord David Cameron, the Foreign Secretary praised ‘the strength of the princess – speaking so frankly, with all the pressures of publicity and bringing up a young family – is remarkable and is rightly admired around the world.’

It is understood the video message, recorded on Wednesday in Windsor, was released on the day William and Kate’s three children began their Easter school holidays, to take advantage of the break to shield them from coverage of their mother’s health.

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