Kate Middleton comforts mother of autistic teen at Place2Be charity event

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On Tuesday, November 22, Kate attended the Place2Be Awards ceremony in London, where she spoke about mental health and presented two honors – the Child Champion and Young Person Champion awards.

On the occasion of this ceremony, Catherine was able to meet the beneficiaries of the association, among whom there was also 13-year-old Ethan, who was diagnosed with Autism.

The teen spoke about the ordeal he went through in primary school and his efforts to educate his classmates about the youth diagnosed with autism.

Touched by the words and courage of her son, Ceri Knapton, Ethan’s mother, couldn’t help bursting into tears.

In an act of compassion, the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton comforted the emotional mother by placing a reassuring arm around her.

“I vowed that I wouldn’t cry but was just overcome listening to Ethan. The Duchess just leaned over and said to me ‘I’ve got to give you a hug as a mum.’ I couldn’t believe it. It was such a kind gesture,” Ceri told reporters.

“I just had to do that as a mum,” Kate said, justifying her kind gesture. [via HELLO!]

The Duchess is particularly involved in raising awareness about mental health issues. She is a patron of the Place2Be association.