Sarah Ferguson and her daughters got emotional as they took part in a video call with Teenage Cancer Trust and some of the young people supported by the charity.
Princess Eugenie appeared alongside her mother for the July 11 video call with Teenage Cancer Trust, while Princess Beatrice called in from another location.
The Duchess of York and her daughters, who are honorary patrons of the charity, helped to open a new blood cancer ward at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, according to Hello! magazine, which shared the video Thursday.
During the call, Princess Beatrice and Ferguson got teary-eyed as charity founders and presidents Dr. Adrian Whiteson and Myrna Whiteson thanked Ferguson for working closely with the organization over the past 32 years.
Adrian told Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice that they “must be very proud of Mum because she has such humility and such empathy with patients,” according to the video.
Ferguson responded by making a heart sign with her fingers, while Princess Eugenie smiled and hugged her mom. Princess Beatrice was seen wiping away a tear as she smiled at the camera.
“Well, we’re very proud of you,” the duchess told the charity founders.
Myrna also suggested that they were ready for the next generation of patrons, referring to Princess Beatrice’s 10-month-old daughter Sienna and Princess Eugenie’s 1-year-old son August, to get involved with Teenage Cancer Trust.
“Sienna’s already a lifelong patron,” Princess Beatrice said.
The royal ladies also talked to Michelle and Nella about their experience with blood cancer and being treated at UCLH, according to a video shared via the official UCLH website.
Nella shared that she was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in July 2021 at age 22 and that she only found out she had cancer after an unrelated blood test.
Michelle was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma when she was 20 years old. She has relapsed three times and was grateful to the UCLH, where she spent 10 weeks as an inpatient.
“I couldn’t have coped with that without the support of my loved ones. And my Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Gaby and Youth Support Coordinator Marlies have been amazing too,” Michelle said.
Teenage Cancer Trust said it worked with Morgan Stanley employees to raise and donate over £600,000 ($717,000) of funding for the new specialist hematology ward at UCLH.
“This is a special charity that’s so very close to my heart,” Ferguson said in a statement. “Cancer doesn’t just devastate a young person’s health, it threatens to take away everything they care about — their identity, their independence, and their dreams. Teenage Cancer Trust’s specialist nurses and youth workers provide the very best care and support during treatment and beyond, making sure that cancer doesn’t stop young people living their lives.”
Ferguson recounted opening the first Teenage Cancer Trust unit for young people in London in 1990 and said that it was a “truly remarkable” experience to open the new blood cancer ward with her daughters 32 years later.
“We are all honored to be a part of this incredible charity,” the duchess added.