Prince William scraps protocol to hug retiree: photos

Prince William ditched the royal bylaws during his last public appearance, doing something that members of the royal family rarely do.

Prince William has ditched the royal rulebook to hug a tearful retiree during a visit to Scotland yesterday.

The Duke of Cambridge hugged retiree William Burns, 66, who was overcome with emotion upon meeting the future king during his two-day tour of the country.

Such interactions with the audience usually include a bow, a bow, or a polite handshake, as has been the royal tradition for centuries.

But Wills tore up the rulebook to greet his namesake in Glasgow.

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As the older man cried as Wills hugged him as Kate Middleton beamed next to them.

The Duke was joined by Kate for the Scottish visit – their first walk since rumors of a ‘royal revolution’ over the weekend.

The couple reportedly wants to scrap their titles and use their first names to keep the monarchy modern.

They were warmly welcomed by the Wheatley Group – a community center that is changing the lives of underprivileged youth and families.

But elsewhere during their visit, the Duchess of Cambridge called for schools to teach empathy to young children to help their “emotional vocabulary” as adults.

Kate, 40, hugged over 10-month-old ‘little teacher’ Saul Molloy during a fun lesson with kids as part of an infant parenting program.

The aim of the project is to educate children about empathy and Kate yesterday called for it to be spread to more schools across the country.

Wills and Kate accompanied 35 seven-year-old children to the Roots of Empathy class at St John’s Primary School in Port Glasgow.

The Action For Children programme, of which Kate is the patroness, has been running in Scotland for 12 years.

The results would show a reduction in violence in adults who took classes with babies and more signs of empathy and emotional intelligence.

Kate took off her navy jacket and sat cross-legged in blue pants, blouse and heels for class yesterday.

A so-called ‘little teacher’ since he was four months old, Saul spent a lesson every week with the children.

The teens questioned Saul’s mother Laura Molloy, 34, about updates such as his walking and his height before playing with Saul’s toys on a green mat.

Wills and Kate sang nursery rhymes and made the required actions Wheels on the Bus and Incy Wincy Spider.

Jokey William also squeaked the sole of his shoe on the floor to get Saul’s attention before joking, “Can you get my wife out of here before she goes broody?”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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