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Watch: Prince William surprises bereaved mother mid-charity walk

The Prince of Wales has surprised a mother on a mental health charity walk in memory of her late daughter.

Emma Webb was taken aback when Prince William appeared and gave her a hug as he joined her on day 13 of her fundraiser between Wales to London.

She decided to step out on the walk after losing her daughter Brodie – a promising equestrian – at age 16 to suicide in March 2020.

Emma is determined to raise awareness around mental health in young people.

In a caption to video footage of her meeting the royal that she shared on Twitter, she said: “So day 13 ... and this happened. How very, very kind and supportive.

“Keep watching for the biggest surprise.”

Prince William unexpectedly joined Emma her on her walk from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, to London to raise money and awareness of mental health
Prince William unexpectedly joined Emma her on her walk from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, to London to raise money and awareness of mental health

Emma had been pulling a life-size horse statue along the pavement near Slough when the meeting happened.

She brought the horse, which had an umbrella on top of its head, with her because Brodie was a keen horse rider.

In the video she said: “You surprised me there’ she finally blurts out – clearly still in disbelief.”

Prince William shakes hands and also speaks to Emma’s friends.

Emma has raised £30,000 in memory of her daughter who had been expected to achieve A* in her GCSEs.

She ended her life after disappearing into a local woodland.

The Prince of Wales gave Emma a hug after surprising her on her charity walk
The Prince of Wales gave Emma a hug after surprising her on her charity walk

On her charity site, Do It For Brodie, it says there had been no warning signs that Brodie would take her own life.

It is said she was having difficulties in school during Year 11 with other pupils that she had known from an early age.

Following 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.”