If you were not a fan of Prince William before his visit to New York City, maybe this story will change your mind.
The royal visit to the Big Apple may be over, but William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, otherwise known as Kate Middleton, left an indelible mark on a particular young man who has been through some rough times. Proving that he is as real as he appears to be, the Prince shared personal information with 22-year-old Steven Prescod.
The encounter came during a visit the couple paid to The Door, an educational center for 12 to 24-year-olds in downtown Manhattan, which recently teamed up with the CityKids Foundation to provide additional support for children in need, according to ABC News.
— Chad Rachman (@ChadRachman) December 9, 2014
Following their sombre stop at the 9/11 Memorial, where William and Kate paid their respect to the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and signed their name in the visitor book, they came to spend some time with the kids at The Door. Prescod had been picked to read a piece he had written about his father, who was jailed when he was just one.
“William said he wanted to help me put this together. He gave me his contact number and said to reach out to him. They brought hope to me… I was incarcerated and this is my life. I had a low period in my life and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the Duke and Duchess.”
— JB (@Royal_beans) December 9, 2014
The royal couple also met with executive director of The Door, Julie Shapiro and Jamal Joseph, National Artistic Director of CityKids. But the main part of their trip to the organization was their meeting with eight kids, who use the house, and a 25-minute performance, in which Prince William and his wife were treated to a dance and music show featuring the talented youngsters.
Following the performance, Prince William was so impressed that he suggested the group belongs in London’s famous theater district.
“That was incredible guys. It was amazing and should be on in the West End (in London)… It nearly had me in tears.”
But Prince William and the Duchess were not the only ones impressed by the kids they met. The royal couple made a big impression on the children, who described them as engaged, down-to-earth, and authentic, according to the report.
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The kids also noticed that William and Kate seem to have a great relationship.
“They sync together, finish each others’ sentences,” said Eduardo Gonzales, 22. “They are like peanut butter and jelly.”
Prince William and Kate Middleton wrapped their NYC royal visit with a glitzy dinner, and are already on their way home to see their 16-month-old son, Prince George, who stayed behind this time.
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