Heartbreaking call brings royals to tears

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

A heartbreaking video has surfaced showing Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice reduced to tears during an emotional appearance with UK charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

The sisters appeared as part of the organisation’s annual awards ceremony on a coronavirus-friendly zoom call, where an inspiring elderly citizen was commended for her efforts fundraising for the charity following the death of her grandson.

Princess Eugenie was visibly moved by the sad but uplifting tale. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust
Princess Eugenie was visibly moved by the sad but uplifting tale. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust

85-year-old Enid Waterfall explained that after the death of her grandson Richard in 2018 from a rare form of cancer she and her husband were determined to raise funds in his name, and as a part of his legacy.

The pair raised a whopping £28,000 ($35,000) for the charity, and when Eugenie asked the grandmother to describe the process of building a legacy for her late grandson, the woman’s inspiring words saw most eyes on the calls left a little damp.

“First of all, to hear about your grandson Richard – what an amazing thing to do, in honour of his memory,” Eugenie said to the inspiring woman. “I think it almost chokes me up a bit because it must be so difficult to do that.”

“Strangely enough you feel closer to Richard when you’re doing it,” Mrs Waterfall said.

Grandmother Enid Waterfall raised over $35,000 for the charity following the loss of her grandson Richard to cancer in 2018. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust
Grandmother Enid Waterfall raised over $35,000 for the charity following the loss of her grandson Richard to cancer in 2018. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust

“And the reaction from people – it’s not me, it’s the people who give, it’s the people who work with me, it’s everyone who approaches you and keeps giving money – time after time after time.”

Beatrice wiped a tear from her eye as she heard from the grandmother, and added: “Thank you for all your incredible work… for you and also for Richard’s legacy – thank you for everything.”

Beatrice wiped a tear as she thanked the inspiring grandmother for her efforts. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust
Beatrice wiped a tear as she thanked the inspiring grandmother for her efforts. Photo: Teenage Cancer Trust

Eugenie was forced to fight back tears while listening to the inspiring testimony and later opened up about the harrowing experience of watching her father-in-law suffer from coronavirus in hospital this year.

Talking to NHS workers present Eugenie revealed a little about what she and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, went through when his father was diagnosed and treated for coronavirus.

Asking an NHS cancer nurse who was redeployed to a coronavirus ward during the pandemic about the toll communicating bad news had taken on her, Eugenie opened up about her and her husband’s scary ordeal.

“My husband’s father was in hospital and every time we spoke to someone, who had to tell us the news, they had to ring every patient’s family that day,” she told the nurse.

“That must’ve been such an awful thing to have to do.”

Beatrice was also forced to adjust during the pandemic, with her highly-anticipated wedding to fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi cancelled in keeping with lockdown measures.

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