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Kate's 'sadness' at cancer girl's death

A young girl with cancer who charmed the Duchess of Cambridge during her tour of Canada in 2011 has died from the disease.

A Palace spokesman said Kate and her husband William were saddened by the news.

Diamond Marshall, who was nine, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in November having previously survived the disease three times.

When she was six, she was pictured flying into Kate's arms when the pair met in Calgary in 2011, after the youngster was granted her wish to meet a "princess".

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were sad to learn this news," a spokesman for the couple said.


Diamond's dream of meeting Kate began after she watched the royal wedding from her hospital bed and her father wrote to the Children's Wish Foundation asking if his daughter could meet the Duke and Duchess.

The organisation worked with the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta to make the wish come true and the family were ushered on to the tarmac at Calgary International airport to meet the royal couple.

The Duchess hugged the little girl who was with her father Lyall Marshall and stepmother Danielle.

Diamond's family paid tribute to her in a statement: "Diamond was a warrior but she carried herself with the grace and dignity of a princess. She touched many people along the way and her story inspired so many."