Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pent 16 days travelling across Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, as their first major overseas royal tour since tying the knot in May. During their tour they met with hundreds of people and heard their stories – one in particular will stay in their hearts forever.
Today the royal couple was saddened to find out that 19 year-old teenager Eva McGauley, who they met at the end of the tour in New Zealand, has passed away after being diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma – a rare type of head and neck cancer at the age of 15.
A post on Instagram broke the news of her death: “Eva left us yesterday morning. It was very fast and peaceful,” the message read. The teenager’s charity had raised over $65,000 for initiatives to combat sexual violence and to support those affected by it.
She was invited to attend the Prime Minister’s Reception in Auckland but due to her health, was unable to fly. When Meghan and Harry heard Eva’s story, they invited her for a quick catch-up at Government House instead.
Just three weeks ago Eva shared photos of the meeting on Instagram and captioned them: “I have had the most amazing morning! I am so honoured and thankful to have been invited to Government House to meet with Meghan and Harry this morning!!! They are such kind, down-to-earth people who were really interested in the work Eva’s Wish does.” She added: “It was one of the most memorable and wonderful moments of my life.”
She gave Meghan a copy of a book she was featured in, called 200 Women. “When I met with the Duke and Duchess yesterday I gave her a copy of the @200women book ?that I am honoured to be a part of. It’s full of stories about inspirational women who are changing the world ? so who better to give it to than this very inspirational lady? I hope you enjoy reading it Meghan ?”
The whole post with the heartbreaking news on Instagram read: “We are heartbroken to tell you all that Eva left us yesterday morning. It was very fast and peaceful and she was surrounded by her loved ones. Thank you so much to all of you who have followed Eva’s journey and supported her dreams. We expect the funeral will be later in the week in Wellington – will keep you all posted here once we’ve finalised the details.”
Rest in peace, angel!