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Prince Williams becomes ‘Prince of Cuddles’

Last Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:54

London: Prince Williams has earned a new title—‘Prince of Cuddles’—after spending a day with ill and disabled children in the Lake District recently.
The 27-year-old prince joined the group on a boat trip around Ullswater as patron of WellChild, a charity that cares for sick children.

And the Royal turned out to be quite a hit among the kids, as he showered them with hugs and many playful moments.

The Prince thrilled the youngsters by arriving alongside their vessel in a bright orange RIB speedboat.

Williams soon became pals with eight-year-old Harrison Holmes, from Barrow-in-Furness, who enjoyed some playful moments with the prince before he received a tight royal hug.

Lily Slater, five, turned her head as William gave her a squeeze, but later said 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,” a British tabloid quoted the mother as saying.

Sam Bealing, six, of Manchester, squealed with delight when 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.”

She added, "It is so important to celebrate and reward the courage of wonderful children like Lily. We hope everyone had a truly memorable day out."


First Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 11:54

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