Kate Middleton share's cute video of her talking to girl behind iconic Covid pic

The Duchess of Cambridge promised a five-year-old girl with cancer she would wear her favourite colour when they finally get to meet in person.

Mila Sneddon, who is undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia, features in Kate Middleton’s Hold Still photography project, which aims to capture the ‘portrait of the nation’ during the Covid-19 crisis.

One of the 100 images chosen for the Duchess’s new book, which is out today, shows Mila kissing her dad through a window as she shielded during her treatment last year.

The photo was taken by her mum Lynda, after her parents made the difficult decision to isolate separately to minimise the risk to their daughter.

Now, a recording of a phonecall between Kate and Mila from last autumn has been uploaded to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new YouTube channel.

Mila started off with a very formal introduction of ‘Good morning, Your Royal Highness’, to which Kate said: ‘Good morning. Goodness me, you’re so polite Mila.’

When asked if she was wearing a costume, the Duchess said: ‘I’m not wearing a princess costume right now, I’m afraid Mila. Do you have lots of dressing-up outfits yourself?’

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Mila said ‘yeah’ and told Kate her favourite colour was pink, to which the Duchess replied: ‘OK, well I have to make sure I go and try and find myself a pink dress so that hopefully, when one day hopefully, Mila we’ll get to meet, and then I’ll remember to wear my pink dress for you. Would that be nice?’

Kate told Mila, then aged four, how she was very young to have such a big operation, adding: ‘Were you very brave? You were a very strong girl, weren’t you?’

Mila’s was separated from her dad, Scott, for seven weeks during he first lockdown.

The service engineer had to go to work and didn’t want to risk bringing coronavirus into their home in Falkirk.

Scott went to stay at Lynda’s parents with Mila’s 16-year-old sister Jodi. Mila told Kate how she was ‘so surprised’ when he finally was able to come back into the house.

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The family’s photograph, titled Shielding Mila, was taken on their first day of separation and went viral after Lynda shared it online.

Kate said she was ‘very grateful’ that the family decided to submit it for her Hold Still project and thanked her for ‘sharing such a personal time’.

During their chat, Mila said she loves walking her dog ‘Mr Cole’. She also told the Duchess: ‘I know all of your kids’ names!’ Before listing George, Charlotte and Louis.’

Kate replied: ‘Louis has gotten so big now, he’s very quick running around and he’s on his little scooter as well. He’s very quick. I can’t keep up with him.’

The Duchess and the National Portrait Gallery launched the Hold Still project last year and invited people of all ages from across the UK to submit a photographic portrait taken during the first lockdown.

Out of the 31,000 images submitted, 100 were chosen for a digital exhibition, before being displayed across the country as part of a community exhibition.

They are also featured in Kate’s new book — Hold Still: A Portrait of Our Nation in 2020.

Net proceeds from sales will be split between mental health charity Mind, and the National Portrait Gallery, helping both of them with their community projects.

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