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His fate is close to the royals' hearts: Prince William (41) and Princess Kate (42) pay tribute to the late rugby player Rob Burrow (†41). He died on the second of June, aged 41, as a result of motor neurone disease.

Prince William and Princess Kate: "Send our love"

Prince William and Princess Kate posted an emotional message about Rob Burrow, who is known for his outstanding performances on the rugby field, on the X platform & Instagram.

"A legend of Rugby League, Rob Burrow had a huge heart. He taught us, 'in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.' Catherine and I send our love to Lindsey, Jackson, Maya and Macy." The statement read according to the post from Kensington Palace.

Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND) in 2019, a condition that changed the lives of the former England international and his family forever. It is a degenerative disease of certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscles.

Despite the challenges that came with this diagnosis, Burrow showed remarkable determination by dedicating himself to raising awareness of MND and, along with teammate Kevin Sinfield (43), raising significant sums of money for research and support for others affected.

Her efforts resulted in the opening of a new care center for MND patients - a milestone that would have been unthinkable without his initiative.

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Recognition for Burrow's tireless efforts came in the form of a royal honor in January this year when Prince William personally presented him with the CBE.

This gesture was not only a recognition of Burrow's personal courage and charity work but also a token of appreciation for the entire rugby community and all those involved in the fight against MND.