Kate Middleton wears pink dress to meet cancer patient, 5, curious about 'princess costume’
Little Mila Sneddon has been featured in the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge's 'Hold Still' photography project
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, sure knows how to keep a promise. She met a five-year-old cancer patient while wearing her favorite color — pink. Little Mila Sneddon, who has leukemia, was living in extreme isolation away from her father and elder sister after the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020. At the time, her mother took a photo of her that showed her kissing her dad through a window during the lockdown. The picture went viral and also got to feature in the Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still photography project.
On May 27, Catherine met the brave girl of Falkirk, for tea at Holyroodhouse, while wearing an elegant pink dress. The two had spoken over the phone earlier as Mila had asked her about her “princess costume” and also told her that pink is her favorite color. So the senior royal and mother-of-three kept that in mind during her visit. The cute meeting happened on the last day of her and Prince William's week-long visit to Scotland.
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While there was no doubt, Mila was looking exactly like a princess in her pink dress and shoes, which she teamed up with a tiny crown, Catherine was also a vision to hold in a ME+EM's silk shirt dress. The 39-year-old’s attire had a dipped midi hemline and pleated detailing. To finish her look, she also donned tan heels and a floral face covering. The Duchess also kept her makeup and hair very natural and minimal as she gracefully chatted with the family.
As Kate entered the room to meet Mila and her parents — Scott and Lynda Sneddon — and her big sister Jodi, the youngster’s face lit up with excitement and happiness. Kate told her, “Hi Mila, look at you. I want to give you a big squeezy cuddle, it's so nice to meet you in person. I love your dress, can you do a little twirl - and your shoes.”
According to reports, Kate had a conversation with Mila over the phone last year during autumn. Their interaction was posted earlier in May 2021 on the new YouTube channel of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, alongside pictures of Mila and her family. At the time, the little girl was four, and started the phone call by saying, “Good morning, Your Royal Highness.” To which Kate replied: “Good morning. Goodness me, you're so polite Mila.”
During their phone conversation, Mila also asked Kate if she owned a princess costume, to which she responded, “I'm not wearing a princess costume right now I'm afraid Mila,” but wanted to know about her favorite color pink. “I'll have to make sure I try and find a pink dress. Hopefully when, one day, hopefully, Mila, we'll get to meet and then I'll wear... remember to wear my pink dress for you.”
Mila’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia was reportedly diagnosed in November 2019. The external circumstances also made the situation worse when the coronavirus entered the UK, prompting the Sneddons to make a very tough decision. In order to protect the little one from the deadly virus, Lynda and Scott decided to isolate themselves separately. While the mother-daughter duo stayed together, Scott and Mila's sister Jodi stayed with Lynda's parents.
“We took the decision to isolate separately before lockdown because we were very conscious about what was happening, certainly in Europe, and in the UK, at that time. But our lockdown did come with a bit of a silver lining because she's still going through treatment and her immune system is compromised. Lockdown for us allowed us a period of time to focus on her treatment without interruption of illnesses and viruses in general, not just Covid-19,” Lynda told Kate.