Girl battling leukemia through COVID lockdown wanted to meet a princess. Duchess Kate made it possible.


Mila Sneddon, five years old, waits to meet Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 27, 2021.

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It was a tough ban for five-year-old Mila Sneddon. When the UK became subject to stringent home stays last spring, Mila underwent chemotherapy to fight leukemia.

Her father still had to go to work, however, so the family made the difficult decision to keep Mila away from her father to minimize the risk of her being caught COVID-19. For seven weeks, Mila could only see her father through the window of her home in Falkirk, Scotland.

Mila’s mother took a picture of her little girl kissing the window with her father during her first daily, detached visit and submitted it to a community art project for the National Portrait Gallery under the direction of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

The photo was selected for the “Stand Still” project and the Duchess saw it and then turned to Mila’s family. Finally, the Duchess spoke to the boy on the phone, and during this conversation Mila realized that she would like to meet a real princess dressed in her favorite color, pink. Duchess Kate said she could make that happen.

On Wednesday she kept her promise.

During an official tour of Scotland this week, Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, invited Mila’s family to the official royal residence in Edinburgh.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, meets Mila Sneddon, five years old, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 27, 2021.

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In an ornate reception room in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Mila – also dressed from head to toe in pink – collapsed onto a large squishy sofa on which Kate, also in pink, was talking.

“Hello Mila, look at you. I want to cuddle you tight, it’s so nice to meet you in person,” said Kate when she met the little girl, according to the BBC. She asked Mila to “turn a little” so she could fully appreciate the effort that had gone into Mila’s own all-pink ensemble.

In addition to the private meeting at the palace, Mila and her family were also invited by the royal couple to an exhibition of Scottish military insignia. They were all sitting in a courtyard watching a “beating retreat,” a historic military ceremony for which the massed pipes and drums of the Combined Cadet Force in Scotland played while local school dancers performed a traditional jig.

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Mila Sneddon, 5, with her sister Jodi and mother Lynda waves to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a beating retreat ceremony at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on May 27, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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It was a day that young Mila will likely remember forever, and she may have her own handmade keepsake to remind her of the time she met a real princess in pink.

When a reporter asked the little girl what she and the Duchess of Cambridge discussed during their private meeting, Mila said, “Well, I was busy drawing a picture – a robot.”

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