Kate Middleton's friend dies in 'utmost pain' from tumour

A childhood friend of the Duchess of Cambridge has died after a three-year battle against a brain tumour in which she suffered 'the utmost pain, distress and loss of dignity', MailOnline can reveal.

Isobel Kennerley, who was a member of Kate's Brownie pack – and went on a pack holiday with Kate and her sister Pippa - succumbed to the disease in May at the age of 34.

Now her mother Christine Eeley, who lives in Newbury, is calling for a change in the law to enable terminally-ill and mentally competent people to be able to 'control the manner and the timing' of their deaths.

The 65-year-old mother-of-two, who was left 'traumatised' by her daughter's 'horrific' death, is supporting retired lecturer Noel Conway, 67, who has Motor Neurone Disease, in his High Court battle for a 'dignified death'. A verdict is expected in the autumn.

Speaking to MailOnline, she said: 'Isobel became trapped in her body, as Noel Conway fears he will. She couldn't move a muscle, couldn't eat and couldn't speak at the end.

Isobel Kennerley (bottom right) , who was a member of Kate's Brownie pack (top middle) has died after a three-year battle against a brain tumour in which she suffered 'the utmost pain, distress and loss of dignity', MailOnline can reveal

Isobel Kennerley (bottom right) , who was a member of Kate's Brownie pack (top middle) has died after a three-year battle against a brain tumour in which she suffered 'the utmost pain, distress and loss of dignity', MailOnline can reveal

Isobel Kennerley, who was a member of Kate's Brownie pack ¿ and went on a pack holiday with Kate and her sister Pippa - succumbed to the disease in May at the age of 34. Pictured on her wedding day with husband Scott Kennerley

Isobel Kennerley, who was a member of Kate's Brownie pack – and went on a pack holiday with Kate and her sister Pippa - succumbed to the disease in May at the age of 34. Pictured on her day with husband Scott Kennerley

Now Isobel's mother Christine Eeley, who lives in Newbury, is calling for a change in the law to enable terminally-ill and mentally competent people to be able to 'control the manner and the timing' of their deaths. Pictured: Isobel during her fight against her incurable tumour

Now Isobel's mother Christine Eeley, who lives in Newbury, is calling for a change in the law to enable terminally-ill and mentally competent people to be able to 'control the manner and the timing' of their deaths. Pictured: Isobel during her fight against her incurable tumour

'She was bedridden for so long that she developed huge hideous, stinking bedsores on her back and buttocks.

'She cried out endlessly in pain and when she was able to mumble a few words, begged her husband and me every single day to help her to die.'

Isobel, who had cerebral palsy, met Kate and her sister Pippa, in 1990, when they joined the 1st St Andrew's pack of Brownies. 

She was in Kate's six and joined the sisters on a pack holiday in Easter 1991.

The trio slept in camp bunk beds in old RAF buildings, set in 17 acres at Macaroni Wood, in the Cotswolds, where they fed chickens, collected eggs, watched chicks hatch, bottle-fed lambs and kid goats and went for horse-and-cart rides.

'I really enjoyed it,' Isobel said afterwards. 'Everyone was really kind to me because I have a disability.

'I remember going to brownie camp at Macaroni Wood and coming back to find an owl at the end of my bed. I don't remember what I did to deserve it but I remember feeling really pleased.'

After Brownies, Kate and Isobel's paths diverged as the two girls went to different schools: while Kate went to the private prep school St Andrew's, in Pangbourne, and public school Marlborough, Isobel was a pupil at Engelfield Primary School and Newbury's St Gabriel's and Park House.

Isobel (far right), who had cerebral palsy, met Kate (back row, five from right) and her sister Pippa, in 1990, when they joined the 1st St Andrew's pack of Brownies. She was in Kate's six and joined the sisters on a pack holiday in Easter 1991

Isobel (far right), who had cerebral palsy, met Kate (back row, five from right) and her sister Pippa, in 1990, when they joined

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