A cancer patient forced to live apart from her father during lockdown has received a personalised letter from the Duchess of Cambridge after the little girl went into remission.
Mila Sneddon from Falkirk, who had leukaemia, was forced to stay apart from her dad Scott during the coronavirus pandemic as her immune system was weakened due to chemotherapy.
The pair communicated through their kitchen window and would often give each other ‘air hugs’ before they were allowed to reunite.
A photograph of Mila communicating with her father through the window was one of the stand out images in Hold Still, a photography competition run by the Duchess of Cambridge which featured striking images of life during the pandemic.
Little Mila then spoke to the Duchess over the phone and Kate promised to wear a pink dress, Mila’s favourite colour, when the pair finally met in March 2021.
The Duchess kept her promise and told the youngster when they met at Holyrood House for tea that she wanted to give her a “big squeezy cuddle”.
In March, Mila’s mother Lynda announced the little girl was in remission, adding that the whole family was “ecstatic” at the news.
Following the announcement, the Duchess of Cambridge wrote to Mila to send her well wishes.
In a tweet, Lynda said: “Very grateful to receive a beautiful handwritten letter from @KensingtonRoyal.
“Such a beautiful keepsake for Mila to look back on for many years to come.”
Lynda added that while the contents of the letter would remain private, the family were very touched by the Duchess’ gesture.
“Such a lovely gesture thank you Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.”