A YOUNG rugby player found hanged at home later inspired a touching gift given to the Princess of Wales.
Rugby star Isobelle Phipps, 17, was tragically found dead at her home in Crowthorne, Berks., in April this year, an inquest has heard.
Weeks later, the "rugby mad" 17-year-old's mum Sarah Renton met Princess Kate at Maidenhead Rugby Club, where Isobelle, known as Issy, used to play.
Kate, 41, visited the club in June after Sarah launched a charity appeal, and the pair shared an emotional moment as they hugged on the field.
The mum then handed her a pair of earrings made by a family friend in memory of her daughter.
Kate told the group she'd wear the jewellery after hearing the story of Issy's tragic death, they said.
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Berkshire coroner Heidi Connor told an inquest hearing this week that the teen had been found hanged.
A full inquest will take place at a later date.
In the days after her death, Reading RFC paid tribute to Issy.
The club wrote: "Issy was rugby-mad and was always a lively member of the squad and will be truly missed.
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"We will continue to provide support in any way we can to any club members affected by this news."
England Touch also paid tribute.
It said on social media: "Issy was part of the Girls 18s England team and played at the 2022 Junior Touch Championships, winning gold in a dramatic match.
"Issy was a much-loved member of the Girls 18s squad and many in our community have spoken of not just her passion and love for rugby and touch but her desire to share that passion with her peers and those younger than her."
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