Football fans Carmel and Prince William meet David Beckham

David Beckham with Carmel

David Beckham with CarmelWhen Carmel made her once-in-a-lifetime wish to meet David Beckham and the England football team, she never dreamed she would get to meet Prince William at the same time!

Carmel lost a kidney to cancer at just 18 months old and, following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has been in and out of hospital all her life. She was dealt a double blow when, at 17, she was diagnosed with liver cancer and immediately placed on the transplant list.

Carmel’s wish was granted just before the 2006 World Cup, when she and her family were invited to attend a training session for the England team.  As well as David Beckham, they met  John Terry, Steven Gerrard and the other members of the team and you can imagine her surprise when Prince William arrived to wish the team good luck! The prince was delighted to spend some time talking to Carmel and her family on their special day, giving them a memory to treasure forever. 

Images ©Starlight 2006