Kate thrills 10-year-old Terry Campbell

Kate Middleton made a little boy’s day in Newcastle yesterday when she gave him a big hug outside the city’s Civic Centre.

Terry Campbell, 10, held his arms out as Kate, 30, walked past the excited crowd and was lucky enough to be embraced after she asked: ‘Am I going to get a cuddle?’

‘It was good. I was hoping to get a hug from her when we came this morning. I never actually thought it would happen,’ said Terry.

‘I can’t believe she hugged me back.’

Kate made the trip to Newcastle alone after husband Prince William pulled out of all engagements yesterday to attend the funeral of his former nanny Olga Powell.

The Duchess admitted she ‘missed him’ before revealing to community gardeners in Elswick Park that the couple grow their own potatoes at their cottage in Anglesey, Wales.

‘She said ours were much bigger and she only got a crop of small ones this year,’ a gardener told the Daily Mirror.

Another said: ‘She seemed really interested and even planted a clove of garlic before she left.’

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Anna Duff