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Prince William shows Diana's touch as he follows in her footsteps

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The second-in-line's innate ability to connect with people was clear as he visited a school for children with learning difficulties
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He clearly takes after his mum, who was renowned for her caring manner and human touch
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12 JANUARY 2010

His mother was renowned for her caring manner, and ability to connect with people. And clearly Prince William has inherited Princess Diana's human touch.

That much was clear as he visited Eresby School for children with learning difficulties.

There, his face lit up as he received a giant hug from youngster Darren Pearty.

Earlier in the day the second in line to the throne demonstrated his sensitivity and compassion as he visited terminally ill patients at the same hospice his mother visited 18 years ago.

Wills, accompanied by his aunt – Diana's eldest sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale – spent an hour chatting to patients, staff and volunteers at a day centre run by St Barnabus Hospice in Lincoln.

During an art class at the centre, he joked about having dark rings under his eyes. "I had a late night last night, you don't want to look at me too closely," he said.

The 27-year-old had battled treacherous weather conditions and spent three hours on the road to fulfil the royal visit.

His mum would have been proud – Diana was renowned for spending hours with terminally ill patients in hospices around the world.

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