KATE Middleton hugged a youngster in the Bradford crowds today – causing a woman nearby to break down in tears.

The heartwarming moment came as she and Prince William made their way around the well-wishers standing out in the cold weather.


The Duchess, 38, told the youngster she loved his coat, adding "George would love your coat, he loves camouflage".

She happily chatted to the boy and the woman with him, before leaning in for a hug, which the boy happily accepted.

As the pair embraced, the overwhelmed woman with him sobbed into her hand as she recorded the moment.

Kate continued the conversation before warmly telling him "lovely to meet you" as she moved down the line of eager fans to shake more hand.

Today Kate and William, 37, were cheered by a huge crowd as they arrived in the West Yorkshire city, with the town hall's bells ringing out to mark the visit.

The couple smiled as they met with city officials – their first joint engagement since the charity event to support mental health support service Shout in November last year.

The pair happily waved to crowds enthusiastically shouting greetings, as Prince William cheerfully dubbed one section the "noisy corner".

They moved from outside City Hall to MyLahore, a curry house which does a lot of charitable work in the community, where they immediately got stuck in making lassis.

LIGHT RELIEF

While Wills had appeared exhausted yesterday morning after the crunch talks with his brother, dad Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen, he was later seen smiling as he presented knighthoods at Buckingham Palace.

The brothers’ bond has not recovered since a falling-out just before the two families appeared together in public with baby Archie for the first time last year.

And it is feared his relationship with brother Harry has reached an all-time low over the chaos, with sources saying there had been a series of furious rows.

Tensions between the pair have grown since, with Wills accusing Harry of “changing” and “speaking rudely to staff”.

Meghan, 38, is still in Canada – having fled the UK as she and Harry unleashed the bombshell news they were quitting.

Harry was locked in talks with the Queen on Monday, with it decided that it "wasn't necessary" for Meghan to phone in from North America.

Today Kate and William joined in with workshops, including one session helping grandparents with child-caring responsibilities and another aimed at bringing people together in religiously and ethnically diverse communities.

One includes a session aimed at strengthening bonds between grandparents and grandchildren.

They put on a brave face as they visited Bradford after a tumultuous week that saw Harry and Meghan Markle announce they were quitting The Firm and moving to Canada.






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