Kate Middleton sent a personal letter of support to a nine-year-old cancer patient she met in a hospital last month.
In her heartfelt letter dated October 13, the Duchess of Cambridge tells leukemia patient Fabian Bate she was touched by his "strength of character" after their recent meeting at the Royal Marsden Hospital.
"This must be a troubling time for you, your parents and your sisters, but I know I left the Royal Marsden assured by how incredibly talented, kind and clever the team at the hospital are," she wrote. "Combined with your belief and positive energy, you couldn't be in better hands."
Fabian was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 and relapsed earlier
this year, but tests have been conducted to determine whether to receive
a bone-marrow transplant from one of two sisters who've been found to
be a perfect match.
The boy's father Darrell, told Britain's Evening Standard: "It was a very personal letter. It certainly didn't look like the standard templates these official letters so often use. It contained very specific information that she must have remembered. We were very touched as she must do a lot of this stuff and to remember Fabian is very moving."
The visit to the hospital by Prince William and Kate
followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana, who visited the same facility
in 1982 on her first solo engagement.