Touching moment Kate Middleton comforts 'very special' boy wearing medals of Marine dad killed in Afghanistan

THIS is the touching moment Kate Middleton comforted a young boy wearing his hero dad's medals after he was killed in Afghanistan.

The Duke and Duchess held video calls with the RAF, Navy and Army and families supported by the Royal British Legion.

Kate, 38, praised the bravery of one 11-year-old boy as she spoke to armed forces families who have lost their loved ones.

Charlton Taylor's Marine dad Michael was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.

The Duchess pointed to the three medals pinned on the youngster's chest, asking: "Are those your daddy's medals? Wow."

Charlton told her one was for his service, another was for his tour of Afghanistan and the other for Iraq.

The royal replied: "It's very special that you're wearing them."

She asked Charlton if he would tell her about his dad, but the boy laughed and said he couldn't remember much.

But he explained how he liked looking at photos of his dad and hearing stories about him as Kate exclaimed: "Amazing".

His mum Sonia Fleming then described how her husband had died when Charlton was just ten-months-old and her other sons were 11 and 13.

She added: "Probably the hardest thing is doing it on your own".

On the zoom chat, Kate also spoke to those supported by the Royal British Legion, who help with funeral costs and emotional support for families who have been bereaved.

And she chatted with Chantelle Wynn who was widowed when TA medic Ryan took his life after suffering PTSD from a tour of Afghanistan.

The couple had been together since they were 16 and were married for 17 years – having two daughters.

Chantelle praised the Royal British Legion, saying: "You wear a poppy and you put your donation in but I didn't know where the donations went.

"But now, I know exactly where those donations go to."

And Kate also spoke to Serena Alexander, whose son Sam of the 42 Commando Royal Marines was awarded the Military Cross for fighting the Taliban but was killed two years later in a bomb blast.

The Duchess said: "It's been a real honour to speak to all of you and I think I speak for the whole nation when I say just how proud you should be of your loved ones, and for the sacrifice and the bravery that they’ve shown.

"I’ll certainly be thinking of you this difficult week and will be for many years to come."

In a separate call, Prince William spoke to deployed representatives from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

He said: "I hope that you know that we are still thinking about all of you and the important job you’re all doing, and that everyone is very grateful.

"I hope that over Remembrance Sunday we can remind people just how committed and determined, and how brilliant all the people we have in the Forces are around the world.

"People don't necessarily realise how committed and scattered the British Armed Forces are around the world.

"It is interesting at Remembrance to have that time to reflect on all the roles that you guys are playing and British forces are committed to."

The Duke of Cambridge joked with Leading Physical Instructor Damon Bell about his £40million drugs bust while serving on HMS Iron Duke in 2008.

The Navy fitness instructor described how the crew on board HMS Montrose had been keeping up spirits after being banned from shore leave due to Covid-19 in the Gulf.

And while patrolling the Straights of Hormuz the frigate intercepted and seized more than 450kg of methamphetamine from smugglers last month.

He said: "Only half of what you got on Iron Duke but still nonetheless very good."

William, who flew a Lynx chopper to hunt down smugglers with £40m of cocaine while serving in the Caribbean 14 years ago, said: "I wasn't going to bring that up but I'm glad that's still being talked about."

The crew taking part in Operation Kipion making sure the Gulf is safe for shipping held a Remembrance Day parade on Sunday on flight deck and regular onboard events to "keep up morale" and help mental health.

William said: "I remember being bested by people like you Damon on the Iron Duke. The on-deck PT was always quite a fun afternoon.

"I think after a number of lockdowns I might need your PT skills to help get back into shape again."

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How to be a poppy star

THE pandemic may have stopped thousands of sellers from hitting the streets — but it doesn’t have to stop you from buying a poppy. MIKE RIDLEY looks at some of the ways you can do your bit for the appeal by going to:

  1. Fundraise for appeal: Move to Remember and the 11/11 Challenge are among the fundraising suggestions from the appeal itself. Free fundraising packs on the website will give the help and support you will need.
  2. Poppies in the post: Help make up for the reduced number of volunteer collectors by requesting 20 poppies free of charge from the RBL — and then giving them to friends and family yourself in return for a donation.
  3. My poppy run 2020: Run, walk or jog any distance, anywhere and at any time. Get family and friends involved to raise cash. And buy a T-shirt to run in and a medal to give to yourself afterwards!
  4. Visit the poppy shop: There is an extensive range of products from poppy pins and jewellery to clothing, stationery and homeware. All profits fund the Legion’s work in supporting the Armed Forces community.
  5. Make online donation: Alternatively, you could just visit the British Legion’s website and make a donation. You can choose a one-off payment or set up a regular amount — and no amount is too small.


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