Kate Middleton's Sweet Gesture for Young Cancer Patient Comforts Grieving Family

When Kate Middleton married into the royal family, she became the Duchess of Cambridge, but it's her quiet kindness that is truly making her a princess.

Members of the Bate Family, who recently lost their 12-year-old son Fabian to cancer, have come forward with letters Middleton addressed to the ailing boy after meeting with him at his hospital years earlier. So treasured were these letters, they were buried with him.

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According to People, Kate penned the following in one note:

I was touched by your strength of character and delighted to hear the news that one of your big sisters will be able to donate bone marrow to you later this year. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

The gesture, however simple, provided the Bates family with comfort throughout Fabian's battle with leukemia, proving even the smallest acts of kindness can offer a little brightness during a horribly grief-stricken time.

Fabian's father, Darrell Bate, told the Daily Mirror, "Just having the memory that the future King and Queen are rooting for you is pretty awesome to have in your armoury and for keeping your child going in the dark times."

This is hardly the first time Middleton has shown compassion for a sick child. On the last day of her Canadian tour in 2011, she worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to meet a 6-year-old cancer patient whose dream was to meet a real princess. Meanwhile last summer she made a surprise visit to a children's hospice in England where she greeted patients and learned more about the facility's services.

The royal is such a natural at appearing kind-hearted, you kinda get the feeling she would act this way whether it was her family duty or not. That surely would make her late mother-in-law Princess Diana pretty darn proud.

What do you think of Kate's kindness for this child?

 

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