Second in line to Throne Prince William joined the youngsters for a boat trip in the Lake District yesterday and earned the title of “Prince of Cuddles” by giving warm cuddles to ill and disable children.
27-year-old William thrilled the youngsters by arriving alongside their vessel in a bright orange RIB speedboat and soon made alot of friends. 5-year-old Lily Slater was a little more bashful turning her head as William gave her a squeeze. But she said later he was “very cuddly”.
Lily, from Boldon Colliery, Tyne and Wear, has been treated for a malignant brain tumour which developed when she was three. Her mum Shirley, 40, said Wills was “very natural” and “just lovely. He asked all about Lily’s illness and seemed very happy to talk.”
6-year-old Sam Bealing from Manchester, squealed with delight as William tickled him under his arm. And 12-year-old Merseysider Jade Arnell was overjoyed when the prince tenderly held her hand in his.
WellChild director Linda Partridge said: “We are delighted Prince William is choosing to hear first-hand these amazing stories of bravery. It is so important to celebrate and reward the courage of wonderful children like Lily. We hope everyone had a truly memorable day out.”
Prince William joined the group on a trip around Ullswater as patron of WellChild – a charity which cares for sick children.