A nine-year-old with a rare genetic condition who delighted Kate Middleton with her humour has passed away.
Wearing her favourite ‘princess dress’, Mia Murchison met the Duchess of Cambridge at a Sydney children’s hospice in 2014.
Mia left the Duchess in a bout of giggles when she tried to steal the British royal’s bouquet of flowers. She also said the word ‘baby’ to Kate, who reportedly replied: “Yes, I have a baby, baby George.”
Mia’s family announced the devastating news in a Facebook post, saying “Mia died this morning at home in our arms. So incredibly sad and beautiful. So very loved and adored.”
Following her funeral, her mother Peta Murchison wrote: “Yesterday was the saddest and most beautiful day for our family. Mia’s casket had a simple wooden name plate that we will keep forever. I never thought you could like a casket but hers was so beautiful covered in flowers and so very Mia. I loved it. I was never going to ready for this goodbye but it was heavenly and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.”
Kate Middleton’s visit to Mia’s hospice reportedly had a huge impact on her, where she admitted that she was “ready for a big sob” in a speech she delivered on the day.
“The haven that you have created here is inspirational, and there is so much that you can share with each other as you continue to support and nurture those in your careThe haven that you have created here is inspirational, and there is so much that you can share with each other as you continue to support and nurture those in your care.”