A teenager with type 1 diabetes impressed the Duchess of Cornwall after he got the opportunity share his experience of living with the lifelong condition.
Miles Compto, from Teddingto, south west London, was diagnosed at the age of 10 with type 1 diabetes. To help keep his blood glucose levels under control and manage his diabetes, he initially needed multiple insulin injections every day. But he now uses a portable insulin pump, which has several key advantages over daily insulin jabs.
The 13-year-old demonstrated how an insulin pump works and discussed the challenges of living with type 1 diabetes with the Duchess of Cornwall and Hollywood star Jeremy Irvine when they met last month at the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Duchess is the president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the type 1 diabetes charity that Miles supports, while Irvine also suffers from the autoimmune disease.
“Having injections every day can be difficult, especially for a child,” miles said. “Being given the pump means it’s easier for me to get on with life.”
He added: “I was delighted to meet the Duchess of Cornwall. She is really committed to JDRF and to people and their families who are affected by type 1 diabetes.”

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