Kate Middleton and Prince William have been hailed as "authentic" and "empathetic" by a body language expert after they broke royal protocol.

The Cambridges were in Scotland on Thursday (May 12) for a two-day visit and were met with cheering crowds in Glasgow.

At one point an elderly man appeared crying and overwhelmed with emotion. Without thinking twice William stepped in and gave him a warm hug.

According to body language expert Darren Stanton, this actually goes against royal protocol.

He explained that the Queen will never be seen shaking hands with anyone if she isn't wearing gloves, which is one of the traditions she's adopted throughout her time on the throne.

Speaking on behalf of Slingo, Stanton told Goodto.com: "Such a moment marks an unprecedented demonstration of just how authentic, empathetic and open Kate and William are.

"William embracing the elderly man is a rare outpouring of genuine emotion from a senior Royal and you can tell from the man’s face it was one of true elation, with the moment sure to stick with him for the rest of his days.

"This was a real authentic connection and not one faked for the sake of being in the public arena. You can see the sincerity in William’s face as he engulfed his arms around the man, with the prince not fazed about being in such close proximity."

The elderly man turned out to be 66-year-old William Burns, a grandfather-of-25 and a social housing resident who used to be homeless.

He told the Daily Mail: "I am a grandfather. It felt like a son hugging a father.

"It was the way he hugged me. I didn't expect that really to be honest. It was a boost. I've never felt anything like it in my entire life before and my existence as a human being."

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