This is the heartwarming moment Prince William surprised a woman during a charity walk in memory of her late daughter.
In a video posted to Facebook, Emma Webb can be seen in total shock as the Prince of Wales appears out of nowhere to join her on day 13 of a fundraising trek from Wales to London.
Ms Webb, who lost her daughter Brodie – a promising equestrian – at age 16 to suicide in March 2020, wants to raise awareness around mental health in young people.
While pulling a life-size horse statue along a pavement near Slough – and oblivious to the future king’s presence behind her – the prince casually strolls towards her before embracing her in a warm hug.
Taking on her Facebook page, a stunned Emma wrote: ‘So day 13 and this happened. How very, very kind and supportive. Keep watching for the biggest surprise’.
Heartwarming moment Prince William surprises woman on charity walk
This is the heartwarming moment Prince William surprised a woman near Slough during a charity walk. Emma set out on the trek to raise awareness of suicide (Pictured: Emma Webb in shock, a few of her pals and Prince William)
After surprising a stunned Emma, the prince reached out for a hug
Brodie Webb (pictured) took her own life at age 16 following a riding session in March 2020
Pippa Middleton commands attention in sheer lace dress
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The video begins with a clip of Ms Webb with a group of friends as they stand on a bustling street, poised to take photos to commemorate day 13 of their fundraising trek.
One of her pals opens up an umbrella as the weather takes a turn for the worst. Quite comically, the large mobile horse – brought along for the ride because Brodie was a keen horserider – was the only one to benefit from the shelter of the umbrella, as the friend placed it atop the figurine’s head.
While the women appeared engrossed in the photography session, a man accelerates his pace and moves towards the entourage.
Dressed in a khaki-coloured jacket, smart blue trousers and brown leather lace-up shoes, it becomes apparent that Prince William is the mystery man.
The prince immediately steps in front of Emma in order to gain her attention.
Gobsmacked and in sheer disbelief, the mum pauses momentarily before cupping her face and letting out a huge jaw-dropping scream.
The prince seems delighted to support Emma’s initiative and immediately steps forward for a hearty hug – while her friends cry out in shock.
Brodie, 16, was a promising equestrian with all A-star predictions for her GCSEs
The Prince of Wales seemed to appear out of nowhere to join her on day 13 of a fundraising trek from Wales to London
Emma also brought along a life-size horse in honour of Emma’s equestrian-loving daughter Brodie
The Prince of Wales also shook hands and introduced himself to Emma’s friends
‘You surprised me there’ she finally blurts out – clearly still in disbelief. William then shakes hands and introduces himself to Emma’s friends.
The group share pleasantries while standing on the pavement as curious passers-by watch in amazement.
Emma has so far raised £30,000 for the trek for her daughter, who was a rising star of the showjumping world, with all A-star predictions for her GCSEs. She had disappeared into a patch of local woodland and ended her short life.
The group continued to share pleasantries while standing on the pavement as curious passers-by watched in amazement
Coming to terms with the loss hasn’t been easy for Emma, but she has since vowed to keep her only child’s memory alive by raising awareness through events like this walk
Emma said her daughter showed no warning signs that she intended to take her life
According to remembrance and charity site Do It For Brodie, apart from having difficulties with friends in school, there had been no warning signs that Brodie would take her life.
Speaking on the loss of her ‘beautiful and talented daughter’, Emma said: ‘I’m a mother, but now I have no child. I have all this love and nowhere to put it.
‘So I’ve tried to channel it into helping other people’s children, to make sure what happened to Brodie never happens to them’.
Coming to terms with the loss has not been easy for Emma, but she has since vowed to keep her only child’s memory alive by raising awareness about the difficulties young people face regarding mental health.