THE heartbreaking moment Princess Charlotte accepted a pink flamingo from a royal fan on Christmas day and what it meant has been revealed.
Princess Charlotte, daughter of Kate Middleton and Prince William, lovingly hugged a royal fan and accepted a bright pink flamingo at Sandringham on Christmas day. The Daily Mail reports that as soon as Charlotte spotted Gemma Clark, 39, holding the flamingo, she darted towards it.
Holding her mother’s hand, Charlotte kept turning around for another peek of the flamingo before entering St Mary Magdalene for the Royal Family’s traditional church service.
Afterwards, when the royals went to meet and greet the onlookers, Charlotte made a bee-line for Felicity the flamingo.
Her proud owner, wheelchair-bound Ms Clark, who from the age of 15 months has suffered from cerebral palsy, was only too pleased to draw the attention of the little royal.
Royal heartbreak The devastating reason Princess Charlotte accepted a gift from a fan (Image GETTY)
Charlotte took a liking to Felicity the flamingo (Image: GETTY)
Talking to the Daily Mail, Miss Clark said: “Felicity was a 39th birthday present from my older sister, Fran, and she goes everywhere with me.
“She’s like my lucky mascot.
“But Charlotte kept looking at Felicity and I thought: ‘I wonder if the Princess would like her?’
“So when she came over with Prince George and their parents after the service, I asked her: ‘Would you like Felicity?’
Royal Family attend Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
“Her face lit up and she said: “Yes please.’
“I told Charlotte: ‘You don’t have to call her Felicity if you don’t want to; you can call her whatever you want.
“Then both she and George gave me a hug and I was on cloud nine.
“They were so sweet and it is a moment I will remember for ever as being special.
The family were out in force at Sandringham (Image: GETTY)
Charlotte made a bee-line for the flamingo when she spotted it (Image: GETTY)
“The atmosphere was just awesome.”
Today, Miss Clark’s family laugh at the idea that the flamingo is potentially a huge hit with the little princess, and the fact that it came from a Spar convenience shop and cost just £1.50.
Miss Clark can only hope there will be no squabbles with Princes George and Louis should they take a liking to the flamingo as well.
The special moment comes at an important time as the Queen admitted that it was a “bumpy year” in her Christmas Day speech.
Charlotte’s best moments (Image: Express Newspapers )
It proved that when it comes to relatability, Charlotte certainly is the royal who knows how to connect with the people.
The touching moment gave the Clark family a special memory they will cherish forever.
Miss Clark was a healthy toddler until she was taken into hospital after falling ill with gastroenteritis.
The family together on the children’s first day of school earlier this year (Image: GETTY)
She spent four weeks in hospital, semi-comatose, and never fully recovered after doctors discovered that severe dehydration had left Gemma with lasting brain damage – affecting her speech, balance and ability to walk.
When Miss Clark was Charlotte’s age, her life would haver evolved around speech and occupational therapists.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK