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Elderly man overwhelmed with joy as he gets a hug from Prince William

The locals in Glasgow were very happy to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Photo: PA / Backgrid)

This is the moment Prince William warmly embraces a man overwhelmed with emotion during a trip with Kate Middleton to Glasgow.

The couple met vulnerable people, including those at risk of becoming homeless, and enlisted the help of Scotland’s leading housing management group.

William and Kate surprised Wheatley Group tenants during a walk through Kennishead in the south of the city.

Mother of four Joanne Wales, 31, opened the front door of her newly built home to welcome the future King and Queen.

Inside, they met their son Jason, four, who was showing the royal couple his Spider-Man and Hulk toys. Kate told him, ‘Louis our little boy also loves Spider-Man.’

Joanne, who has been a single parent since her partner died almost two years ago, said the couple were ‘absolutely lovely’.

She added: ‘It was not as strange as I had thought it would be because they just reassured you, they are so sweet and accommodating.

‘They just wanted to make sure I was okay and that I was taking care of myself, because sometimes moms tend to step on the pedal.’

The Duke of Cambridge hugs an emotional resident during a visit to the Wheatley Group in Glasgow to hear about the challenges of homelessness in Scotland.  Photo Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL Cambridge.  Image credit should read: Jeff Holmes / PA Wire

This man was out of his mind when he hugged William when they visited Wheatley Group tenants (Photo: PA)

BGUK_2378354 - glasgow, SCOTLAND - 11 day old baby molly Reid and mother Kelly Cunningham and father Paul Reid meet Kate, old man gets a hug from William and got kate and William in stitches.  The picture: kate and william BACKGRID UK MAY 11, 2022 MUST READ BYLINE: McGOWAN / BACKGRID UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com * UK customers - Photos , containing children, pixel please face before publication *

It was a day the locals would never forget (Photo: McGOWAN / BACKGRID)

BGUK_2378354 - glasgow, SCOTLAND - 11 day old baby molly Reid and mother Kelly Cunningham and father Paul Reid meet Kate, old man gets a hug from William and got kate and William in stitches.  The picture: kate and william BACKGRID UK MAY 11, 2022 MUST READ BYLINE: McGOWAN / BACKGRID UK: +44 208 344 2007 / uksales@backgrid.com USA: +1 310 798 9111 / usasales@backgrid.com * UK customers - Photos , containing children, pixel please face before publication *

Kelly Cunningham, Paul Reid and their 11-day-old baby Molly take a selfie with Kate (Photo: McGOWAN / BACKGRID)

Joanne told William and Kate how her energy-efficient house design helps reduce her energy bills. Measures like this are all the more important as the whole country is facing a cost of living crisis.

Joanne said: ‘With four young children, the energy bill is a major concern. There is always a need for a pair of new shoes or new clothes.

‘I do not need to turn on so much for the heat during the day in my new home. It has made a big difference. “

Wheatley Homes Glasgow tenant chairman Bernadette Hewitt said it was ‘wonderful’ to have the royal couple visiting and said it was ‘a day our tenants will never forget’.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also met mothers whose children receive books through a partnership between the group and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Prince William of Britain and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet people outside the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, UK 11 May 2022. REUTERS / Phil Noble

The Duke and Duchess received a warm welcome outside the University of Glasgow (Photo: Reuters)

The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to St.  John's Primary School, Glasgow to attend a Roots of Empathy session.  Photo Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL William.  Photo credit to read: Jane Barlow / PA Wire

Kate sat in on a session with students designed to increase empathy (Photo: PA)

The Duchess of Cambridge meets 10-month-old Saul Molloy during a visit to St.  John's Primary School, Port Glasgow to attend a Roots of Empathy session.  Photo Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story ROYAL William.  Photo credit to read: Jane Barlow / PA Wire

William made a joke that Kate got cruel when she held 10 month old Saul Molloy (Photo: PA)

Kirsty Holmes, 25, told the couple that her four-year-old son Theo’s favorite book is The Gingerbread Man. Kate offered him a cupcake from a plate on the table and praised his Spider-Man glass.

Afterwards, Mrs Holmes said: ‘I enjoyed talking to them, they were very accommodating and down to earth. It seems that they really like children, they asked about our experiences with the books. ‘

Lynette Wilson, 36, who has children ages one, two and 14, told the couple how she has been helped by the Wheatley Foundation’s EatWell relief package service.

Her daughter Olivia gave William a picture she had drawn of him and Kate told her it was ‘very good’.

The couple also met students Pauline Tabot, 26, and Ceri Maclarty, 25, who have received scholarships from the Wheatley Foundation to help with their studies.

William and Kate also toured St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow to learn about an innovative project where children interact with a mother and baby.

The goal is for students to learn about children’s development and also to improve their empathy with others and reduce bullying.

At the end of it, Kate held 10-month-old Saul after his session with her mother Laura Molloy. William joked that the visit made his wife cruel.

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