Kate Middleton has visited a children’s hospice in Norfolk, giving comfort to a couple who lost their five year old son to a brain tumour. The Duchess of Cambridge was visibly moved when she heard how Claire and Tristan Cork had lost their little boy Finnbar.

No doubt, the Duchess could not help but draw parallels between the little boy and her own son, Prince George, who is happy and healthy and about to start school in September. She chatted to the couple along with their cute daughter Nell, who presented Kate with a posy.

Little Finbar was cared for at the hospice before he tragically passed away as a result of an inoperable brain tumour. Caring Kate was seen giving the family a hug, telling them that she is a mum herself and cannot possibly imagine the ordeal they have gone through.


The heartbroken parents, who also have a 13 year old son Alfie, chatted to the Duchess for a long time, discussing the devastating impact of being told that Finnbar could not be saved. Thirty four year old Tristan described Kate as “very compassionate,” adding that she gave the family a hug and thanked them for meeting her. He added: “I think she was really trying to put herself in our situation.”

Tristan spoke movingly about losing his little boy, saying that they had to watch him go from being a healthy five year old, going to school with his friends, to becoming so desperately unwell. Claire said that while no parent ever wants to accept that their child is going to die, the staff at the hospice took excellent care of the whole family while they stayed there for a week before going home to spend their remaining time together with Finnbar. She said that without East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the family’s journey would have been very different.