Kate’s helping hand: Royal shows why she’s dubbed the ‘Children’s Princess’ as she wraps arms around two young girls who help her open new hospital unit in London
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The Princess of Wales proved she was the children’s Princess today as she headed to open a new Children’s Day Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

Ignoring the rumblings of any royal drama, Kate, 41, in a fitted navy suit by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and towering navy heels, officially opened the Evelina London Children’s Day Surgery Unit with two young girls by her side.

Inside, she met with a nine-year-old called Hannah, who showed her a pictured she had drawn. She then took Hannah and another little girl to hold a pink ribbon, which she then cut to officially open the unit.

In a sweet clip, Kate is seen asking the girls ‘shall we cut this together?’ before being met with applause.  Later, she was given a bouquet of flowers by a little boy, proving she is completely in her element around children. 

She also met with Tony Hudgell, nine, a young boy who lost his legs after being abused by his birth parents.

The Princess looked chic in a fitted blue ensemble and towering navy heels

The Princess looked chic in a fitted blue ensemble and towering navy heels

Kate was joined by two young girls to cut the ribbon outside the hospital today

The Princess of Wales also met with two young girls, and sweetly asked 'shall we do this together?' before cutting the ribbon

The Princess of Wales also met with two young girls, and sweetly asked ‘shall we do this together?’ before cutting the ribbon

The Princess received flowers from a young boy after opening the hospital

The Princess received flowers from a young boy after opening the hospital 

Kate met with Tony Hudgell, nine, a young boy who lost his legs after being abused by his birth parents

Kate met with Tony Hudgell, nine, a young boy who lost his legs after being abused by his birth parents

The young amputee previously charmed Kate  and Prince William at her festive carol concert in 2021.

It was reported at the time the royal couple ‘spend ages’ chatting with Tony, and his adopted mother. 

Tony was rushed to hospital with life changing injuries in 2014 when he was 41-days-old, following horrific abuse from his birth parents, Jody Simpson and Tony Smith. The pair were found guilty of child cruelty in 2018 and are both currently serving a ten-year prison sentence.  

In 2017, Tony had both legs amputated due to the injuries he sustained as an infant, and he’s currently learning to walk on prosthetic legs without crutches.  

After his incredibly difficult start in life, Tony was adopted by Paula and Mark Hudgell of West Malling, Kent, who have successfully campaigned for longer sentences for anyone who seriously harms a child, and are now calling for a register of abusers in the wake of the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

His proud parents were by his side as the youngster met Kate Middleton and Prince William at the service, and later tweeted: ‘Tony has no idea of the impact or enormity he holds. The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge were truly incredible with him. They chatted to us both for ages. A truly magical evening.’

During today’s outing, Kate also met Ella Moth, nine, who won a competition to design the artwork for the new unit at the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Ella’s space-themed drawings were inspired by the death of her father, Piers, who was treated for brain cancer at Guy’s hospital before he died in 2021. She says he has now ‘gone to the stars’.

Kate reunited with Tony, nine, who she previously spent 'ages' chatting to at her caroll concert

Kate reunited with Tony, nine, who she previously spent ‘ages’ chatting to at her caroll concert

Inside, she met with a nine-year-old called Hannah, who showed her a pictured she had drawn

Inside, she met with a nine-year-old called Hannah, who showed her a pictured she had drawn

Kate Middleton appeared to prove she really was the children's Princess today as she greeted kids at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London

Kate Middleton appeared to prove she really was the children’s Princess today as she greeted kids at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London

The royal looked in her element after receiving the bouquet from a young boy

Kate is pictured today

The royal looked in her element after receiving the bouquet from a young boy

Kate looked delighted to chat to staff after receiving a bunch of flowers

Kate looked delighted to chat to staff after receiving a bunch of flowers 

Kate, 41, is seen after recieving a bouquet from a young boy in the hospital

Kate, 41, is seen after recieving a bouquet from a young boy in the hospital

The Princess greeted a young boy and tapped him on the shoulder

The Princess greeted a young boy and tapped him on the shoulder

The Princess was perfectly coordinated in a dark blue suit with navy shoes, a sapphire necklace and bracelet which match her engagement ring

The Princess was perfectly coordinated in a dark blue suit with navy shoes, a sapphire necklace and bracelet which match her engagement ring

Kate also posed with staff at the hospital, after chatting to patients and their families

Kate also posed with staff at the hospital, after chatting to patients and their families

The Princess was given a tour of the unit by nurses

The Princess was given a tour of the unit by nurses

Kate is seen chatting to patients and their families

Kate is seen chatting to patients and their families 

In a sweet moment the Princess appeared to give a hug to the family member of a paitient

In a sweet moment the Princess appeared to give a hug to the family member of a paitient 

The Princess then met Chloe Morley, 10, who was the unit’s first patient when she had her tonsils removed on July 12.

The new facility, which cost £55million to build, allows children to be treated in one location on the same day, reducing the stress caused by numerous hospital visits.

It will help the hospital treat a further 2,300 children per year, on top of the 104,000 children and young people treated by Evelina London, the children’s wing of Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital.

The unit has two new operating theatres for simple operations such as tonsil removal and bladder surgery.

The Princess walked the same route as the children visiting the centre, including rooms offering pre-surgery checks, operation theatres and recovering areas.

In the recovery area she met four-and-a-half-year-old Saya Stephenson, who was resting in bed after an operation that morning to remove excess skin for her ears.

The Princess hugged her mother, Miwa Stephenson, who said she had been anxious about the surgery despite it being a relatively minor procedure.

Kate replied: ‘It’s always a worry though for a parent. We have to keep our cool. It’s so hard.’

Kate also spoke to patients and their parents inside the hospital

Kate also spoke to patients and their parents inside the hospital 

Kate listened to both parents and children inside the London hospital

Kate listened to both parents and children inside the London hospital 

Looking in her element, the Princess of Wales laughed and joked with the children in the unit

Looking in her element, the Princess of Wales laughed and joked with the children in the unit

Proving she is the children's princess, Kate looked delighted among the crowds of school kids

Proving she is the children’s princess, Kate looked delighted among the crowds of school kids

The royal mother-of-three has been a patron of the charity since 2018

The royal mother-of-three has been a patron of the charity since 2018

The Princess looked in her element as she chatted to children

The Princess looked in her element as she chatted to children

Kate looked sleek with her signature bouncy blow dry and skinny belt

Kate looked sleek with her signature bouncy blow dry and skinny belt

The look is the latest of many power suits the Princess of Wales has worn at official engagements

The look is the latest of many power suits the Princess of Wales has worn at official engagements 

The Princess posed for selfies with nurses at the unit before completing the visit with a traditional ribbon-cutting.

Evelina’s Chief executive Gubby Ayida said afterwards: ‘With everything happening with the NHS at the moment, including long backlogs, the Princess’s visit has brought a feel-good factor to every room she visited and to all the staff.

‘It’s really special, the staff work so hard. The visit has lifted the whole place. It’s more than just ribbon-cutting. It’s been a privilege to welcome her here.’

On departure she was presented with flowers by Burac Abrahams, 11, who was the new unit’s second patient when he had his tonsils removed in July.

Adding glamour to the look, Kate today paired her suit with Sapphire & Diamond Oval Drop Earrings, which she has owned since 2011. 

Keeping her hair in bouncy curls, the mother-of-three opted for a glamorous make-up look as she headed into the new centre being greeted by the hospital’s chief executive Gubby Ayida.

Meeting nine-year-old Hannah,  Kate said: ‘It’s very nice to meet you,’ before asking ‘can I shake your hand?’

Kate then asked, ‘What’s this, is this your picture?’ as the nine-year-old explained it was a picture of her school, with the gym and language room showing. The Princess then said how important languages were to learn. 

Kate complemented her blue suits with a sapphire braclet and earrings, a jewel that was a favourite of Princess Diana

Kate complemented her blue suits with a sapphire braclet and earrings, a jewel that was a favourite of Princess Diana

The royal mother-of-three, who has spoken about being 'broody', appeared delighted to be around the children

Kate looked in her element today

The royal mother-of-three, who has spoken about being ‘broody’, appeared delighted to be around the children

Kate looked at ease and put any royal drama behind her as she walked side-by-side with hospital's chief executive Gubby Ayida.

Kate looked at ease and put any royal drama behind her as she walked side-by-side with hospital’s chief executive Gubby Ayida.

Opting for a glamorous make-up look, the Princes of Wales showcased her signature bouncy curls for the day out

Opting for a glamorous make-up look, the Princes of Wales showcased her signature bouncy curls for the day out

The Princess of Wales opted for Sarah Burton suit today as she headed into the hospital in south London

The Princess of Wales opted for Sarah Burton suit today as she headed into the hospital in south London

The Princess of Wales opted for another suit today as she headed to open a new Children's Day Surgery at Guy¿s and St Thomas¿ Hospital in London

The Princess of Wales opted for another suit today as she headed to open a new Children’s Day Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in London 

It comes as Kate has kept a brave face as Scobie’s new book has reignited a race row within the royal family.

The Dutch version of his book named The Princess of Wales and her father-in-law King Charles as the ‘racists’ who allegedly discussed concern over the colour of Prince Archie’s skin before he was born.

Scobie, who has been seen as the unofficial spokesman Meghan and Harry, is still struggling to deal with the fallout from his new book.

An initial draft of the book, given to Dutch translators, named the two senior members of the royal family – King Charles and The Princess of Wales- who Meghan said told of their ‘concerns’ about the colour of her son Archie’s skin, while she was pregnant.

Meghan first made her allegations about the conversation in her televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, in March 2021.

Harry and Meghan issued a statement saying it was not the late Queen or her husband Prince Philip, but have refused to name the members of the royal family who made the comments.

The Sussexes have declined to publicly defend their relatives, and the publisher of Scobie’s book has not provided any explanation for how the names ended up in print.

Royal experts and politicians have rallied round Kate Middleton as she and Prince William, with the pair recently greeted by raucous applause at the Royal Variety Performance. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales, who were joined by Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, got a standing ovation as they headed into the Royal Albert Hall last week. 

Kate, 41, in a fitted navy suit and towering black heels, officially opened the Evelina London Children's Day Surgery Unit today (she is pictured arriving)

Kate, 41, in a fitted navy suit and towering black heels, officially opened the Evelina London Children’s Day Surgery Unit today (she is pictured arriving)

 

Kate, who often talks about being 'broody' met with workers and children at the hospital

Kate, who often talks about being ‘broody’ met with workers and children at the hospital

The princess seemed in her element as she opened of Evelina London's new children's day surgery unit

The princess seemed in her element as she opened of Evelina London’s new children’s day surgery unit

Even Meghan appears to be offering an olive branch to the royals, as she was today pictured wearing a bracelet her father-in-law King Charles gave her.  

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, stepped out in Montecito on Monday wearing an array of casual luxury including Princess Diana’s Cartier bracelet and watch,  and a Bentley & Skinner diamond tennis bracelet – a gift from the King and worth at least £4,900.

The piece, which was first worn on the eve of her royal wedding, was first created by royal warrant holders Bentley & Skinner, features ninety-two round brilliant-cut diamonds.

It may be a sign of peace between the warring Windsors.

Harry and Meghan are said to be ‘desperate to get back into the royal fold’ and recently reached out to Charles for his 75th birthday. 

It comes as Scobie claims he ‘never submitted a book that had those names in it’, which his Dutch translator denies.

A source told The Times that United Talent Agency had earlier sent a draft version of the book to publisher Xander Uitgevers, which contained the names.

However, a final proof of the 400-page tome was later sent, but it’s understood the translator had been working from an earlier draft.

It comes after as the book has already dropped out of Amazon’s top 100 current bestsellers list despite a blitz of publicity in the first week of its release.

Kate showed off her signature bouncy blow-dry ignoring recent revelations caused by Omid Scobie's book Endgame

Kate showed off her signature bouncy blow-dry ignoring recent revelations caused by Omid Scobie’s book Endgame

Princess Of Wales attends the opening of Evelina London' at Guy and St Thomas's hospital

Princess Of Wales attends the opening of Evelina London’ at Guy and St Thomas’s hospital

Kate spoke to workers outside the hospital before heading inside

Kate spoke to workers outside the hospital before heading inside

The title currently sits 139th in the UK bestseller book charts based on Amazon sales, which are updated hourly to reflect recent and historical sales of every item.

Endgame has fallen more than 100 places in three days having been at 14th as recently as last Friday. On the day of its release last Tuesday it was ranked 77th. 

The book is now in the table behind children’s titles such as the Beano annual, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Stick Man; biographies from Britney Spears, Matthew Perry and Chris Kamara; and cookbooks from Mary Berry, Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge.

In the same Amazon list in the US, Endgame was at 235th today – below The Very Hungry Caterpillar; the Jeopardy! 2024 calendar; and a Paw Patrol sound book.

Amazon says its lists are a ‘good indicator of how well a product is selling overall’ but ‘doesn’t always indicate how well an item is selling in relation to similar items’.

The book’s falling performance comes despite a huge amount of media coverage as well as TV interviews conducted by Scobie for the BBC and ITV in the UK and ABC in the US.

The author has also given interviews to publications including The Times, Evening Standard, Independent, Tatler, People, Elle.com and Paris March.

Meanwhile the book was not on prominent display at London’s oldest bookshop, Hatchards on Piccadilly – with only one copy put aside on order, reported The Guardian

The newspaper added that about 14 copies were stacked on a table near the entrance of the nearby Waterstones, but there was ‘limited interest there too’. 

The Sussexes have not commented publicly on the race row but a source close to Meghan said ‘it was not leaked to Scobie by anyone in her camp’.

It also emerged yesterday that the Dutch edition of Endgame quoted a source close to the Sussexes who branded William ‘heartless’ – another inflammatory passage that is not in the UK version.

Referring to claims that the Prince of Wales secured a flight to Balmoral without Harry when the Queen was dying, the translation cited the source as saying: ‘It was heartless to deny him the chance to go to Scotland to say goodbye to his grandmother. This was not the time to be petty.’

A ‘family source’ also claims that William ‘purposely ignored’ Harry when the Queen died and ‘didn’t want to help’ him, according to the Dutch edition.

It said: ‘He was, and is, still angry because Harry revealed private issues… He thinks that is unforgivable.’

The Dutch version also refers to the King’s ‘cash for honours’ scandal last year, with a ‘source’ saying ‘people inside the institution are concerned that ‘more stories will follow’.’

None of these claims appeared in the English version, The Sun on Sunday reported.

It comes after Meghan admitted under oath that she authorised a senior aide to brief Scobie for his earlier book about the Sussexes, called Finding Freedom



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