The United Kingdom’s most popular royal enjoyed a philanthropic day on Wednesday. The fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry, visited children enrolled at Nottingham Academy elementary school in order to watch them perform rap lyrics they had written for an after-school class, according to a report by US Weekly.
The rap lessons are part of the Royal Foundation’s Full Effect Program, which is designed to keep young kids safe from gang violence in their neighborhoods by providing them with alternate activities. While making his way to the academy, Prince Harry was surrounded by Nottingham citizens attempting to catch a glimpse of the heir, and he greeted several of them warmly, but it was the Nottingham Academy students who really received the honor.
Before finding a seat, Prince Harry shook hands with and introduced himself to each child with a handshake, even giving one a fist bump. Soon, the children had the opportunity to share their raps with the prince. Harry, dressed casually in a blazer and chinos, listened with enthusiasm as each student delivered their rhymes, even bursting into applause after each performance. "It was a great feeling to be able to rap for the prince," said 11-year-old Newton Mwaniki. "I don't think many people get to fist bump him, so that was amazing. I think he thought my bars were sick. We are G's for life now," little Newton added.
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Later, Prince Harry also stopped in to witness a kickboxing class hosted by the program but jokingly declined to participate, stating, “I’m wearing a jacket for a reason.” Harry wrapped up his day by attending a graduation ceremony for Coach Core, a program designed to employ youth as athletic coaches and the ability to act as mentors in their communities.
According to a report by E! News, Prince Harry spoke to the graduates at the event, stating, "The effect that you can have within your communities now by taking the decision you've taken and now by bringing your skills back to that community and being able to engage other people is something seriously lacking in many cities across the UK," he said in a speech.
"I genuinely believe that you guys, putting yourselves forward for this -- you are unique individuals and now you've got a unique toolbox you can take forward to change the lives of not just yourselves and people around you, but also the kids that you interact with," he added.
The Coach Core program, run by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's Royal Foundation, supports 16-to-24-year-olds and is in its fifth year of operation. The program will be expanding to ten British cities by the end of Spring 2017.