Curekids ambassadors Sophie Newbold and Bradon
Warnock-Haynnon (at left) wait their turn to meet Prince
William, who is shaking hands with New Zealand men's sevens
captain DJ Forbes, watched by All Black Ben Smith. Photo by
A teen who needed major surgery and two weeks' physio to
be able to walk out to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
after she damaged her knee practising her curtsy, says all the
pain was worth it.
Sophie Newbold was expecting to get to say a quick hello to
the Royal couple before they stepped out on the field at a
mini Rippa rugby tournament at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium
yesterday, but ended up having quite a chat with Prince
William both in the tunnel and on the field.
Miss Newbold said she had been practising her curtsy for
Then, two weeks ago, as she was bending down, she felt
something go ping and her knee gave way.
''I dislocated my kneecap, took some bone off and tore my
cartilage and ligaments.''
An ''amazing team'' at Dunedin Hospital had worked ''really
hard'' to get her back on her feet in time for the Royal
visit, the teen, who was born with cardio-facio-cutaneous
(CFC) syndrome, a rare genetic condition that typically
affects the heart, facial features and skin, said.
She said the duke and duchess were both ''really lovely''.
She and Prince William had talked about Prince George, the
All Blacks, the couple's trip to New Zealand and how
beautiful Prince George and his mother were.
Prince William had agreed that his wife and baby were
beautiful, she said, and told her they had wished they could
have brought George, but they could not this time.
''I would have loved to have seen George,'' she said.
''Kate is so beautiful and she's so nice and it was so lovely
to meet her. She said: 'Hello. What have you done to your
leg?' and I said I was practising curtsying then my knee just
gave away. She said: 'Ow. I hope it gets better soon'.''
It had been an incredible day, Miss Newbold said.
''I thought I'd just say 'Hi' and they'd just go. I'll
remember this forever.''