Kate Middleton and Prince William had an emotional visit with a nine month old baby who is dying from bacterial meningitis. The baby is the same age as their son Prince George, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could not hold back their tears as they sat with him and his parents.
Kate Middleton & Prince William Brought To Tears
On April 18, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Bear Cottage Hospice in Manly, Sydney, Australia.
There, they visited with numerous sick children, including nine month old Max McIntyre, who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis just six weeks prior to their visit. Sadly, Max has been given just days to live.
While sitting with Max and his parents, the couple could not help but think of their own son, Prince George, who is just about the same age. During the visit, Kate stroked Max’s leg gently to comfort him, according to the Daily Mail.
“He’s a similar age to George – it was extremely moving.” Prince William shared after the visit.
Later, the Duke revealed that it was very difficult for him to keep his composure during the visit.
“I welled up and was really worried I would start crying,” Prince William confessed. “Once I started I wouldn’t I have stopped, so it took a great effort to control myself.”
Kate Middleton Gives Inspiring Speech
During the royal couple’s heartbreaking visit to the children’s hospital, Kate gave a speech to thank the families and offer them some inspiration.
“It really is wonderful to be here today, having the chance to meet you all and to see the incredible work of Bear Cottage. First class delivery of children’s palliative care is life changing,” Kate stated during her speech. “When families are confronted with the shattering news that their children have a life limiting condition, their world can fall apart. It is at those times that professional support is imperative.”
It is the only speech that Kate will give during their three week tour down under.
We love seeing Prince William and Kate show their humanity, and it’s lovely to see that they are continuing Princess Diana‘s gracious visitations with sick children all over the world.
— Lauren Cox
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