Prince William uses sign language as he honours Coronation Street translator

Prince William has been praised for using sign language while honouring British TV soap translator with a MBE.

A smiling Duke of Cambridge, 37, who was honouring Alex Duguid for services to British Sign Language, took the trouble to learn the signs for “congratulations, Alex”.

Alex, who has been working as a TV translator for three decades as the face of soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale , then replied with "thank you".

An accompanying video posted on the Kensington Palace Instagram also praised the telly legend, saying: “He is an example of how profoundly deaf people can have an impact on their community, their peers and their country.

“He is passionate about BSL and the need to promote and protect it.”

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Despite staying up late on Monday to join in Megxit crisis talks, it was back to business for the Duke of Cambridge, who carried out his duties honouring people on behalf on the Queen.

William looked happy in his first public appearance since crisis talks with the Queen over the future of brother Prince Harry's and Meghan Markle's role within the Royal family, and the thoughtful gesture seemed to go down well with fans.

Taking to social media fans called the move "sweet", with one adding: "Prince William is such a great person. He takes time to make people feel special and appreciated. His smile is genuine also."

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On Monday, William was reported to have spent hours thrashing out plans regarding Prince Harry's decision to step down as a full-time senior royal.

The future heir to the throne also awarded former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss with a knighthood at the plush event and was seen in good spirits despite plans being set in motion for the Sussexes to go separate ways.

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Last night, the Queen agreed to a transition period after a week of turmoil for the Royal household.

In a public statement, she said she was "entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family”.

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Adding “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more inde­pendent life.”

Detail exit plans are due to be set in motion by the end of the week.

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