Inspirational Kiwi teen who met Harry and Meghan loses her battle with cancer

·Royal Correspondent
Eva met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Instagram/@evas_wish)
Eva met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Instagram/@evas_wish)

A Kiwi teenager, who created an online messaging service for sexual violence victims, has lost her battle with cancer.

Eva McGauley, 19, met the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand during their royal tour.

During the meeting, Eva gave Meghan a copy of the book she’d been a part of 200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World.

Her friend Simon Woolf, a Wellington city councillor told that Eva had made an impression on the Duchess.

He said: “She was saying to Harry what an amazing girl she was.”

Her family confirmed via her instagram page that Eva had died, surrounded by family and friends: “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.”

Eva was diagnosed with asopharyngeal carcinoma – a rare type of head and neck cancer – in 2015 and while undergoing treatment, she began campaigning for women’s rights.

She set up her own charity called Eva’s Wish in 2016, with the aim of stopping sexual violence and supporting survivors.

In April this year Safe to Talk, the government-run sexual harm helpline she helped create, was launched.

The service, which provides information and contacts with trained specialists, can be accessed by phone, text, email and online chat.

Eva’s work has helped to raise more than $70,000 (around £40,000). She was also a finalist of the 2018 Youth Wellys at the Wellingtonian of the Year award.

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