The Duchess of Cambridge is "saddened" to hear of the death of a teenage cancer patient who postponed treatment so he could meet the young royal during her recent tour of Malaysia.
Zakwan Anuar, 15, who had leukaemia, delayed a badly-needed blood transfusion for 24 hours and put himself through extra pain so he would not miss the royal visit.
Kate's trip with William to the Kuala Lumpur hospice where the schoolboy was receiving care transformed his demeanour and brought a rare smile to the face of the teenager, who is believed to have died last Thursday.
A St James's Palace spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are saddened to hear of Zakwan's death. Their thoughts are with his family at this time."