Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently spent some time at the WellChild Awards speaking with sick children and their caregivers. There were many adorable moments, but one in particular stands out. In the video, a 7-year-old girl with spina bifida hands a bouquet of white flowers to Meghan. Clearly touched, the Duchess of Sussex plucks a single flower from the bouquet and hands it back to the smiling, starstruck little girl.
The girl, Matilda Booth, appears to spend the entire meeting with a big smile on her face. According to Metro, Meghan told her to “never stop smiling.”
Spina bifida is a birth defect in which the spine and spinal cord don’t form correctly in the womb. Matilda is paralyzed from the chest down and might have to spend her entire life in a wheelchair. Something like that could make it difficult to smile, but Meghan tends to bring smiles out of everybody.
“Matilda chose the flowers, she was shell-shocked to be given the rose,” said Sharon Booth, Matilda’s mother. “She said she’s going to put it in her memory box.”
Meghan and Harry created a lot of smiles that day. Harry made a pinkie pledge with Matilda and high-fived 4-year-old McKenzie Brackley, who lives with acute flaccid paralysis. Harry has been a patron of the WellChild Awards since 2007.
The WellChild Awards celebrates inspirational children who are also very sick as well as their incredibly dedicated caregivers. These amazing people deserve perfect health and happiness, but visiting with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry certainly brought them a little sunshine for one day — and memories for a lifetime.
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