PRINCE William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have shared an adorable snap of a little girl’s first day back at school after enduring gruelling cancer treatment – and a message of encouragement besides. And their kindness has prompted a delighted reaction among scores of fans on Twitter, with one praising their “lovely message”. Lydda Sneddon tweeted a picture of her daughter and said: “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 #” The Royal couple’s official account commented: “Such an incredible journey. Good luck from all of us at Kensington Palace, Mila.” One fan of the pair replied: “Aw what a lovely message for sweet Mila!! “I’m sure she and her family will be over the moon when they read it. So happy she is cancer free.” Another added: “What an incredibly kind gesture to take the time to send Mila good wishes.”
A third posted: “It’s incredibly thoughtful and kind of you to tweet this for her.” Lynda herself then replied: “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.” NHSGGC stands for National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The Duchess of Cambridge last contacted six-year-old Mila’s family in April after she rang the bell at the Team Jack Cancer Centre in April, to announce that her treatment was over after two years.
The youngster was diagnosed with leukaemia in November 2019, forcing her to isolate during the coronavirus pandemic, with her father and sister having to move out to protect her. A picture of her saying hello to her dad through a window found its way into Kate’s lockdown photography book, Hold Still. Lynda subsequently revealed Kate had sent her a handwritten note marking Mila’s two-year milestone. Kate and Mila then spoke on the phone before their first meeting at the Palace of Holyrood in 2021.
A post shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account said: “In the week prior to lockdown last year, Mila’s family took the difficult decision to isolate in different households to protect Mila, who at this point was only 4 months into her chemotherapy journey for leukaemia. “The Duchess spoke to Mila on the phone a few months ago following her image being selected as one of the final 100 for the #HoldStill2020 project – hoping one day that they’d meet and wear their pink dresses together. “Today, Mila and her family visited the Palace of Holyroodhouse to visit The Duchess for tea and a tour of the palace.”
The Cambridges may also have been moved to tweet about Mila because their daughter, Princess Charlotte, is of a similar age. The seven-year-old enjoyed a memorable day out at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month which left her raising her arms in the air as she watched her favourite sport of gymnastics. Charlotte made a rare solo public appearance with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who took their daughter to sporting venues across the host city of Birmingham and to an official event highlighting a programme supporting the next generation of athletes.
The young royal was pictured pulling a range of expressions – and even sticking her tongue out – as she enjoyed swimming heats, a hockey match and, at the end of her day, artistic gymnastics. Charlotte, seven, was described as “charming” by Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, who hosted the royal visit to Birmingham University, where the royals learnt about the Team England Futures initiative.