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.’
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.
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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