Kate Middleton makes touching move for mother of autistic boy

It's no surprise that Duchess Kate and Prince William have dedicated themselves to the promotion of mental health. The royal couple takes their role as parents seriously -- they say their children have inspired them to be vocal about these issues.

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So when a mother broke down discussing her son's disability, Kate was the first to offer her a hug.

At a reception for the charity Place2Be, which focuses on children's mental health, Kate befriended mom Ceri Knapton and her 13-year-old son Ethan, who has autism. As the young teen was telling Kate about his experiences, Ceri broke down.

In a second, Kate reached out. "'The Duchess just leant over and said to me "I've got to give you a hug as a mum", Ceri said.

In her inspirational speech at the gala, Kate called out the 'remarkable' work of the charity.

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