Cancer girl who touched Kate Middleton's heart is back in isolation

Mother of cancer patient, six, who won Kate Middleton’s heart – after a photo of her isolating while enduring chemo went viral – reveals her daughter is back in isolation after catching Covid

  • Lynda Sneddon, from Falkirk, said Mila, six, who has leukaemia, had caught Covid over Christmas and endured a hospital stay before isolating at home 
  • Photo of Mila in isolation while undergoing chemotherapy in the first lockdown went viral in March 2020 and was chosen by Kate Middleton for photo book
  • Mila’s mother shared on Twitter an adorable belated video message from her daughter posted to mark the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday on Sunday 
  • The youngster was hospitalised with Covid at Christmas and must now isolate 
  • Mila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2019 

The mother of the six-year-old Scottish cancer patient who won the Duchess of Cambridge’s heart after a photo of her in isolation while having treatment for leukaemia went viral has revealed that her daughter is back in isolation after catching the virus over Christmas. 

Little Mila Sneddon, six, met Kate Middleton twice last year after the royal spotted the photo of the little girl in lockdown in March 2020; the image saw her gazing at her father Scott, who had been forced to move out of the family home to protect his daughter, through a window.  

The Duchess went on to include the photo, known as ‘Shielding Mila’ in her book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020 and asked if she could meet Mila.

Sharing an adorable video clip this week of her daughter wishing Kate a belated happy 40th birthday, Lynda Sneddon, from Falkirk, told followers on social media that her daughter had been in hospital over the festive season and was now isolating at home. 

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Mila Sneddon, six, who has leukaemia and saw a photo of her waving to her dad while in isolation go viral in March 2020, met Kate Middleton twice in 2021 – and, despite being back in isolation after contracting Covid, she sent the Duchess a sweet birthday message this week

The photo ‘Shielding Mila’ that went viral in March 2020 and was later included in the Duchess of Cambridge’s book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020

 The little girl was admitted to hospital over Christmas with Covid and must now isolate at home, her mother Lynda told followers on social media

Back in December, Mila attended the Christmas community carol service at Westminster Abbey in London, organised by the Duchess of Cambridge

The clip sees Mila say: Happy birthday Catherine! I’m so happy you’re turning 40, hope you get nice gifts and get to spend the day with your family.’ 

Her mother wrote alongside the video: ‘Better late than never and home to isolate from hospital! Wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday from your number one fan!! Lots of love.’

Speaking to the Sun ahead of the Duchess’ big birthday, Mila’s mother thanked the Duchess for making her daughter feel special.

Sneddon said she never expected the pandemic photo would see Mila meeting the senior royal. The image, entitled Shielding Mila, was one of the 100 images included in the Duchess of Cambridge’s book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.

However, the six-year-old in fact went on to meet the Duchess twice last year, first at Holyroodhouse in May and then again during the Duchess’ Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey in December.

The little girl’s mother said the Duchess had a ‘gentle soul’ and had made Mila feel comfortable during their meetings.


Pictured on her stairs, Mila wished the Duchess of Cambridge a happy birthday to mark the royal’s 40th on Sunday

Mila reading a prayer by the crib, accompanied by her mother Lynda during the royal Christmas concert

Friends: The Duchess of Cambridge and the little girl chatted at the community carol service at Westminster Abbey on December 8th

Back in May 2021, the pair both agreed to wear pink for their first meeting at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh

The royal invited Mila to spend some time with her during a week-long visit to Scotland

‘Those moments made Mila feel really special and it was a good distraction from her treatment,’ she said.

‘Now she’s recognised as the happy little girl who met Kate Middleton and not the poor little girl with cancer,’ she added.

In May last year, Mila was welcomed by Kate for tea at Holyroodhouse, during her and Prince William’s final day of their week-long visit to Scotland. 

‘[Kate] had made a promise [to wear pink],’ the youngster added, noting that the Duchess kept her word to don a pink outfit when meeting after their initial phone call. 

Mila pictured reuniting with her father Scott  in 2020 after a period of isolation

After Mila was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2019, aged four, her parents decided the best way to keep their little girl safe was by not taking any risks and self-isolating in different houses.

Lynda, a mother-of-two, stayed with the little girl while dad Scott lived separately, and shared a heartbreaking photo of Mila kissing her dad through the window.

The photo went viral online and was spotted by the Duchess of Cambridge and was later one of the 100 images included in Kate’s book Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.

At their first meeting at Holyroodhouse, the Duchess made good on a promise she made to wear pink, Mila’s favourite colour, sporting a ME+EM’s silk shirt dress with a floral face mask.   

She told the schoolgirl: ‘Hi Mila, look at you. I want to give you a big squeezy cuddle, it’s so nice to meet you in person.’

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