Adorable moment Prince William grabbed by excited toddler

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Prince William met women who had battled with addiction Photo (C) PA
Prince William met women who had battled with addiction Photo (C) PA

‘He wouldn’t let go!’ Adorable moment Prince William grabbed by excited toddler

THE Duke of Cambridge nearly found himself taking home an extra child today when a toddler grabbed hold of him and refused to let go.

One-year-old Archie Stead, who had just started walking, clung on for dear life as William struggled to extricate himself during a visit to a community hub in Liverpool.

Prince William met women who had battled with addiction Photo (C) PA
Prince William met women who had battled with addiction Photo (C) PA

“Archie wanted to go with him. He wouldn’t let go,” the little boy’s grandmother Rachel Stead, 44, from Anfield, Liverpool, said after William’s visit to The Life Rooms in the suburb of Walton.

The 15-month-old centre, housed in an old library and run by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, is home to community groups such as a mums and toddlers group attended by Archie.

It also provides numerous courses and advice sessions through a “recovery college” to help people recovering from mental health problems and associated issues such as job loss, debt, and addiction.

William, 35, toured the building, chatting to people taking part in a confidence-building training course and meeting service users, including a self-help group called WAGS – Women’s Addiction Group Support.

His wife Kate, who remains ill with an acute form of morning sickness, had been due to join him.

Standing in for the Duchess, who has championed efforts to combat all forms of addiction, William spoke to four women all overcoming alcoholism.

Mother of one Jayne Barton, 50, said he had shown clear understanding of the problems and had proved remarkably easy to talk to.

If you can make other people smile, that gives you confidence
Prince William

“Two years ago if you had said to me ‘you’ll be in The Life Rooms meeting Prince William, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said.

“Two years ago if I had carried on drinking, I would have been dead.”

She described how she used to binge drink.

“When I did drink it took me to a very dark place and it’s certainly a place I don’t want to visit again.”

At the old library, William sat in on a confidence-building class. Tutor Michelle Byron asked him: “What makes you feel confident?”

The Prince is very popular with children Photo (C) PA
The Prince is very popular with children Photo (C) PA

William replied that he got confidence from being able to help others. “If you can make other people smile, that gives you confidence,” he said.

Mersey Care, which had seen 16,000 people helped by the centre so far, believes it may be more cost-effective to channel many of them towards its advice sessions instead of GPs and clinical services.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

Tags: Prince William, Prince George, Toddlers, Royals

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