Sunday, 23 Jan 2022

William leaves young girl ‘close to tears’ when he says she’d inspire mum Diana

Prince William left a young poet with a life-limiting illness on the verge of tears after telling her that his late mother Princess Diana would have been ‘inspired’ by her.

Brave Hannah Hodgson, 22, was presented with a Diana Legacy Award by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony at Kensington Palace.

The anti-bullying charity was set up to honour young people who have worked hard to improve their lives and celebrates their achievements in the name of the late Princess of Wales.

Hannah, who uses her incredible poetry to open up about her life and give an insight into her disability, has had articles published in Teen Vogue and The Poetry Society.

She told the BBC’s One Show that being recognised by the Diana Award was the ‘highest honour’ she could have.

And she revealed she was overwhelmed after meeting William who told her: "I’ve been hearing a bit about what you've been up to. It's amazing, you've done a lot of campaigning.”

Hannah, of Kendal, Cumbria, said: “I said to the prince that I was really inspired by Princess Diana and what she did, and her hospice movement.

“He said she would have been inspired by me. I nearly broke into tears.

“I can’t wait for the future. He's really inspired me to believe in myself even more.”

Hannah was diagnosed with probable Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, a degenerative illness, when she was just 17 and referred to a hospice for care. She had written her will by the time she was 21.

In a heartbreaking article for Teen Vogue, she said her condition means she is unable to eat or drink and needs to use a wheelchair.

Hannah also runs a YouTube channel breaking medical taboos and speaking frankly about the day-to-day realities of hospice care, living with a serious illness and death.

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