TV star tells Charles of comfort hospice provided over her mother

Gavin And Stacey star Alison Steadman has told the Prince of Wales about the heartfelt comfort she received from a hospice he supports as patron after her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

Marie Curie patron Charles met the actress when he visited the charity’s Liverpool hospice where the performer’s mum Marj received care.

The heir to the throne praised the work of hospice staff as he met terminally ill patients and their families and when he chatted to Ms Steadman, a Marie Curie ambassador, she told him: “They were so kind to us, it made such a difference.”

Charles spent the day in Liverpool with wife Camilla celebrating its people, culture and history and the couple renewed their friendship with Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina Higgins, when the foursome met at Liverpool University’s Institute of Irish Studies.

Royal visit to Liverpool
Royal visit to Liverpool

The actress said after the royal visit: “My mum was cared for at the hospice when she had pancreatic cancer.

“The care she received here was wonderful, the nurses were so kind and I think they kept her going longer than she might have otherwise.

“I feel quite emotional coming back, but I’m delighted to have the opportunity to visit and see that the hospice continues to provide amazing support to people during such a difficult time.”

During his visit to Merseyside, Charles met Liverpool’s fab four – John, Paul, Ringo and George – played by staff from The Beatles Story museum when he toured the city’s Royal Albert Docks to celebrate its new royal status.

The heir to the throne chatted to shoppers and visitors as he went on a tour of the waterfront shops, bars and attractions ending up with a brief visit to the International Slavery Museum.

Royal visit to Liverpool
Royal visit to Liverpool

Earlier, Charles had met Nelson Mandela’s daughter Dr Makaziwe Mandela and her daughter Tukwini at a reception celebrating the city’s ethnic minority community in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall.

Dr Mandela showed the prince a selection of her father’s drawings, which are on permanent display in the building.

The Struggles Collection of artwork was donated to Liverpool City Council and charity Mandela 8 last year and is made up of five line drawings depicting the stages of South Africa’s development and the direct influence Mandela brought from struggle, imprisonment, freedom, unity and future.

Dr Mandela said Charles had praised the artwork: “He thought they were great.

“I know that he paints but he said his drawings are not as good.”