The pregnant royal posts a letter to schoolgirl Isabella Clarkson

Kate Middleton has thrilled a young fan by replying to a letter that said she was upset about not getting to meet the Duchess in her hometown of Grimsby.

Isabella Clarkson, 10, had been excited to see Kate, 31, during her visit to Lincolnshire on 5 March but the pregnant royal’s helicopter was late because of thick fog.

The schoolgirl and her classmates only managed to catch a glimpse of Prince William‘s wife’s hand waving as her car passed the tour site they were waiting at.

Isabella‘s mum Jackie later encouraged her to send a note to Kate to tell her how down she was and she was ecstatic when she got a reply from St James’s Palace.

Kate said in the message that she was ‘immensely touched’ that Isabella had taken the time to write to her and included a picture of herself.

‘I’d spent ages making a glittery banner to hold the night before, but I don’t think she saw it,’ Isabella tells the Grimsby Telegraph.

‘I wrote a letter to her afterwards saying how disappointed we all were not to get to meet her – and then we got a reply.

‘My mum was so excited when it arrived at our house that she brought it into school and the teacher read it out to the class.’

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Anna Duff