On a charity visit to Streets of Growth in East London Tuesday, Princess Kate found herself apologizing after a minor transgression. Two teenagers were recording a podcast when Kate opened the door to greet them, but Kate immediately recognized that the mics were live.
“Hello—I’m sorry, I’m totally interrupting,” she said, according to the Daily Mail.
Something tells me the young people didn’t mind the intrusion. The princess then shook hands with everyone in the room and joined them on a pink mic for a brief conversation about mental health and emotions. Wearing a camel suit by Roland Mouret, Kate toured the charity, which helps support vulnerable people aged 15 to 25, to see their programs in action. In addition to the podcast studio, Kate also visited young people working on art projects and posed for a selfie with two young women.
In conversation with the charity’s staff and cofounder Darren Way, Kate mentioned her desire to “connect the dots” between her work with early childhood education and mental health so that people don’t need to reach “crisis point” before they receive help. “Young people get judged on their external behavior but you have to understand their backstory,” she said. “They haven’t probably seen trusting relationships in their lives so that’s so important.”
During her trip to Streets of Growth this Tuesday, Kate also met with the charity’s patron, actor Eddie Marsan (known for his recurring role in Ray Donovan), who said he got involved with the charity because he “wanted to give something back,” per Hello!
“The problem is that so many young people don’t have access to services like this, we need to scale it up, up and down the country,” Kate said to the actor. “It is possible it does make a difference.”
On social media, the palace noted that the Streets of Growth was actually inspired by Roca Inc., a Boston-based charity that Kate and Prince William toured last December when she traveled to Boston for the Earthshot Prize.
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