What a royal sweetheart.
Echoing in the footsteps of his mother Princess Diana, Prince William spent his Tuesday at the Royal Marsden Hospital cheering up the young chemotherapy patients undergoing treatment.
One patient in particular was especially charmed by the Prince’s warmth: 6-year-old leukemia patient Daisy Wood, who couldn’t stop smiling as William volunteered to take her blood pressure.
After his mother first visited the hospital in 1982, she became president of the Royal Marsden up until her death in 1997. The Duke of Cambridge then took over in 2007.
The Royal Marsden, which happens to be the largest cancer hospital in Europe, treats over 50,000 patients annually – and judging by the sweet footage released by Kensington Palace after the Duke’s visit, they are all in good hands.
In the Oak Centre for Children and Young People the Duke sat beside Daisy, with parents Katie and Alistair Wood from Kingston upon Thames nearby, who moments before was watching a DVD about a princess.
Her father later joked: “She did say William was a little old for her to marry.”
The six-year-old was left a little tongue tied after her meeting with the Duke but Mr Wood, 45, added: “It’s particularly nice he’s come around, it shows he’s interested in the Royal Marsden and the patients – it gives a boost to everyone.
“And being a dad with two young children you can see how he relates very well to the children.”
William was also shown a £10 million MR Linac scanner, the first of its kind in the country, that combines radiotherapy treatment with traditional imaging and has the potential to allow tumors to be targeted precisely in real time.
The equipment will be trialled at the end of the year but only the MR (magnetic resonance) imaging facility will be used, with the radiotherapy to follow.
After peering into the small slot that a patient lies in as their body is scanned, the Duke joked: “I wouldn’t like to lie in there for too much, I’m not sure it’s as roomy as they say.”