Known for her love of sports and the outdoors, Catherine, Princess of Wales, is a patron of the Rugby Football Union. She put her skills to the test recently when she played a game of “walking rugby” with the Maidenhead Rugby Club (similar to America’s touch football, walking rugby is a non-contact form of the rather rigorous sport). 

While there, Kate Middleton met Sarah Renton, who coaches preteen boys in the rugby club. It was a poignant meeting: Renton’s teen daughter, rugby player Issy Phipps, had taken her own life just five weeks earlier. Per Marie Claire, the two mothers exchanged a heartfelt hug (seen above), and Renton gifted the princess a pair of star-shaped earrings. 

Issy’s cousin Sophie, a jewelry designer, created the earrings in Issy’s memory, and proceeds from sales go to the Brave Mind charity, which supports mental health for rugby players. Renton confirmed that the princess promised to wear the memorial earrings (via The U.S. Sun). As she told the Daily Mail following their meeting, “Mental health is such an important issue.” 

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