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Princess Kate Hugs Mother Whose Son Lives With Autism & Restores Our Faith In Humanity


I can't handle it when moms cry, and neither can Princess Kate. It's just something we have in common, no big deal. Except right now, when being nice seems like this sort of weird, old-fashioned commodity — like for-real corsets or poodle skirts — and the sight of Princess Kate hugging a mom whose son lives with autism feels like a big deal. Human beings are still nice sometimes, after all. Ain't it grand?

Princess Kate was in her usual fine form at a children's charity event in London on Tuesday, greeting people and smiling, smiling, smiling like her typical gracious self. The princess was chatting with 13-year-old Ethan Knapton about his experiences being bullied as a child with autism when his mom, Ceri Knapton, broke down crying. Knapton told reporters after the fact:

Let's take a moment to appreciate this. The Duchess of Cambridge, arguably one of the most famous women in the world, who meets thousands of people on a monthly basis, hugged a fellow mom. Because she knows, when it comes right down to it, this is what binds us. Our shared human experience. Our connection to each other. Our empathy.

And now I'm crying myself. God, I wish Princess Kate was here to hug me.

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VICTORIA, BC - SEPTEMBER 29: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at a children's party for Military families during the Royal Tour of Canada on September 29, 2016 in Victoria, Canada. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte are visiting Canada as part of an eight day visit to the country taking in areas such as Bella Bella, Whitehorse and Kelowna (Photo by Chris Jackson - Pool/Getty Images)

According to People, Knapton's son Ethan told Princess Kate (who herself is the mother of two children, 3-year-old Prince George and 1-year-old Princess Charlotte) all about his years of being picked on in primary school, when his condition had not yet been diagnosed and he suffered from uncontrollable tics and difficulty concentrating:

His mother was obviously incredibly proud of her son. She told the princess:

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THIEPVAL, FRANCE - JULY 1: (L-R) Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial on July 1, 2016 in Thiepval, France. The event is part of the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial in Thiepval, France, where 70,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave are commemorated. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool/Getty Images)

Princess Kate, her husband Prince William, and brother-in-law Prince Harry have made ending the stigma surrounding mental illness a priority in their lives. The three created the Heads Together campaign to encourage people to get the help they need for their mental illness. As she said in her speech for World Mental Health Day:

It would be easy enough for Princess Kate to live in a castle, raise her beautiful children, and disconnect with the world. But this is why people love her; she's not interested in that sort of life. She's interested in humanity.

Let's clone her, shall we?