'My wife is the arty one': William sings Kate's praises on youth centre visit

By John Mercury March 15, 2024

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his wife’s creativity on a visit to a youth group in London.

“My wife is the arty one,” the heir to the throne said, as he decorated biscuits with a group of children at a centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London.

The WEST centre, which stands for Where Everyone Sticks Together, was named by the youngsters who use the £12m facility, which officially opens in April.

The future King also played pool and basketball with the children and teenagers before joining a group working on a mental health project.

The Prince of Wales decorates biscuits during a visit to WEST, the new OnSide charity youth zone in Hammersmith and Fulham
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The Prince of Wales decorates biscuits during the visit. Pic: PA

The Prince of Wales during a visit to WEST, the new OnSide charity youth zone in Hammersmith and Fulham.
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The Prince of Wales during a visit to WEST. Pic: PA

He asked the teens: “How much time do you spend on your phone a day?” adding with a laugh, “We can all be honest about this.”

When one girl said she spends 15 a hours day on her phone, William, 41, replied: “That’s quite a lot – I bet you feel better coming here.”

The prince returned to the topic later as he took part in the biscuit decorating. “Grown-ups are guilty of it too,” he said. “We[‘ve] got to be better on our phones too… We spend ages on our phones.”

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The Prince of Wales during a visit to WEST, the new OnSide charity youth zone in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, to see the new purpose-built facilities that will soon be available to young people in the area. Picture date: Thursday March 14, 2024. Pic: Frank Augstein/PA Wire
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William was keen to talk about mobile phone use during a mental health session. Pic: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

The Prince of Wales during a visit to WEST, the new OnSide charity youth zone in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, to see the new purpose-built facilities that will soon be available to young people in the area. Picture date: Thursday March 14, 2024. Pic: Frank Augstein/PA Wire
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The Prince of Wales playing pool during the West London visit. Pic: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

His heartfelt comments about Kate come after she apologised “for any confusion” on Monday after an image of her and her three children was recalled by several major picture agencies over inconsistencies.

In a statement, Kate, 42, said: “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing.

“I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused.

“I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.”

Agency Reuters issued a 'kill' notice for the image on Sunday night. Pic: Reuters
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Agency Reuters issued a ‘kill’ notice for the image on Sunday night. Pic: Reuters

The original image, which featured Kate surrounded by Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince Louis, was released to mark Mother’s Day and was taken by Prince William.

Kensington Palace has said it will not be issuing the original photo.

The controversy came amid speculation about Kate’s health, which has swirled online since she spent a brief period in hospital for a planned operation in January.

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The Princess of Wales has not attended an official engagement since she joined other members of the Royal Family for a walk on Christmas Day though she was seen briefly on Monday, shortly after the statement was released.

Details of her condition have not been disclosed but Kensington Palace previously said it was not cancer-related and that Kate wished her personal medical information to remain private.

At the time of her operation, Sky News understood that Kate’s recuperation would likely take between two and three months.

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