Like mother, like son. As the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death nears, her son Prince William continues to evoke memories of his late mother. The Duke of Cambridge paid a visit to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton on Tuesday, May 16, where he shared a tender moment with a six-year-old leukemia patient named Daisy Wood.
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The royal dad-of-two helped the young girl, who is being treated at the hospital’s Oak Centre for Children and Young People, place her ID bracelet on before undergoing a lumbar puncture procedure. “I’m always the pilot,” William told Daisy. “I’m not trusted with the special stuff.” After placing the tag on her wrist, Prince George’s father asked, “How’s that? Is that okay? Is that loose or alright?” – before successfully throwing a thumb’s up. After her royal encounter, the princess-obsessed little girl told reporters, “He’s too old for me to marry,” adding that she enjoyed being cared for by the future King. "It was fun."
VER GALERÍA Prince William bonded with a young cancer patient Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images
William’s visit to the hospital marked his 10th year as president of the center, a position previously held by his mother. During the outing, the Prince accompanied and supported staff as they went about their daily activities in treating and caring for patients. Kate Middleton’s husband took on the role as a Radiotherapy Aid to treat a patient named Simon White. "It's definitely different to an average radiotherapy session, that's for sure," Simon admitted of the royal assisting him. "I just think in these situations, he is another human being and it must be a surreal situation for him as well."
During his visit, the 34-year-old also learned about the hospital’s MR Linac Suite. The UK’s first MR Linac is a state-of-the-art machine, which make radiotherapy more effective and reduce side effects for cancer patients. The Royal Marsden is the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, treating over 50,000 NHS and private patients every year. Before leaving the hospital, William wished a three-year-old girl named Annabelle a happy birthday.
VER GALERÍA Prince William helped operate a radiotherapy machine Photo: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal
The royal’s recent outing comes after it was revealed that William paid a secret visit to a homeless charity, previously supported by his mother Diana. On Monday, William made a quick trip to St. Vincent’s Centre, which is run by The Passage charity in London. The Duke made a public visit to the charity last May, his first in 23 years.
While at the charity in 2016, William was presented with a framed photograph of himself, with his mother and younger brother Harry taken in 1994 during his second visit. At the time, Princess Charlotte’s father delivered a speech saying, "The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfill their potential in life."
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