Kate Middleton shows her maternal side in heartwarming phone calls with children from her new Hold Still photo book

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Kate Middleton has shared a short clip of herself speaking to people who took part in her new photo book Hold Still.

The 39 year old's upcoming book, which will be released on 7 May, is a collection of photographs depicting the UK during the coronavirus lockdown.

The clip starts with a young child addressing the Duchess of Cambridge as they said: "Good morning Your Royal Highness," to which she responded: "Good morning, my goodness me you're so polite Mila!"

As a photo of Mila looking out of a window appeared on screen, the royal continued: "I wanted to call you to thank you both very, very much for sending in your fantastic photograph."

Another snap saw a woman called Gimba dressed in blue scrubs as she ate a takeaway with a massive smile across her face.

She told Kate: "Thank you for loving my photograph. I'm so excited. I say, wow, me!"

A third photo sees a Spiderman impersonator, which Kate describes as "positive", while fourth shows a student holding up a history paper, which she wrote over: "Class of 2020".

The video is captioned: "Introducing a series of telephone calls that The Duchess held with participants from the Hold Still photography project, that will be released on our YouTube channel over the coming weeks.

"Listen to the first of the series now via link in bio.

"The calls, which took place last autumn, saw The Duchess speak to a number of the 100 finalists who shared their experiences of life during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK by submitting an image to Hold Still. #HoldStill2020".

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Many of Kate's legion of followers were quick to praise the project as one person wrote: "This is how influence others with positivity. Congratulations duchess." with a red heart emoji.

Another said: "The Duchess of Cambridge continues to wow me constantly with her thoughtfulness and compassion." alongside two red heart emojis.

While a third added: "A most beautiful, humbling tribute to a devastating time in the world. Well done." with a praying hands emoji.

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Kate's book comes just one day after her sister-in-law Meghan Markle revealed she's penned a children's book inspired by her 36 year old husband Prince Harry's bond with son Archie.

Meghan’s book features adorable water colour illustrations by award-winning artist Christian Robinson.

Speaking of the literature Meghan, 39, said: “The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born. That poem became this story.

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