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The Princess of Wales sweetly approached a live podcast recording before apologising for ‘totally interrupting’ while visiting a charity in east London this morning.
Kate, 41, wore a blazer and trousers for her sixth consecutive public engagement as she carves out a corporate, executive style for herself.
Looking radiant in the £750 Roland Mouret jacket with an angular, fitted blazer and flared trousers and wore her thick brunette locks in bouncy blow-dried curls as she approached a podcast recording at the centre.
‘Hello,’ she said, before adding ‘I’m sorry, I’m totally interrupting’.
The royal then gracefully shook hands with the various young people at the centre, before discussing mental health and the importance of talking about negative emotions that ‘society tells us to keep private’.
Meeting students and young people involved in the project, Kate appeared in good spirits during her latest royal engagement
The Princess of Wales was all smiles as she took part in a mental health podcast on Tuesday. The royal visited Streets of Growth, a not-for-profit youth intervention charity in east London
Drop the mic, Kate? The Princess spoke eloquently about mental health during the broadcast
Upon arrival at the charity’s HQ, the Princess met with frontline staff who work with young people at risk of falling into crime, or those who have already experienced harm or trauma, and aid them by tailoring a pathway of specialised intervention coaching.
Speaking with a team of frontline workers, the royal said: ‘Young people get judged on their external behaviour but you have to understand their backstory.
‘They haven’t probably seen trusting relationships in their lives so that’s so important.’
The Princess said she was keen to ‘connect the dots’ with her work in early childhood and the importance of meeting families and young people before they reach ‘crisis point’.
She said: ‘I love the fact you’re going out into communities, kids are so isolated, they’re at home with these huge struggles.’
Many of the staff at Streets of Growth were once helped out by its programmes and have since returned to the charity to pay forward the support and coaching they received in their younger years.
The charity specialises in targeted outreach programmes for young people from the ages of 15-25 to re-engage them with the community.
Since the charity was established in 2001, it has transformed the lives of more than 5,000 young people.
The mother-of-three listened intently during her visit to the non-profit youth intervention charity, which runs outreach programmes for vulnerable children at risk of becoming involved in crime
The Princess of Wales donned another suit for her sixth consecutive public engagement as she visited Streets of Growth in East London
Princess Kate wore her thick brunette locks in ringlet curls as she attended the youth charity in east London
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The Princess hosted a roundtable discussion with women as part of the mothers and daughters group
Streets of Growth was founded by Diane Peters following a research visit to the US city of Boston, where she was inspired by the work of an organisation called Roca.
The Princess met with mothers and daughters who have been helped by the service, to look at some of the shoes and jewellery they have made in creative workshops.
One of the girls said: ‘Doing these workshops has really helped – I used to be so shy, I didn’t really talk.’
Kate said: ‘What’s so fantastic is there’s an organisation in the community that works with a whole family in this way.
‘It’s tools and skills and being able to express yourself. All these things are what so many people like this and the country need.
‘It’s also meeting families and young people before they get to crisis point and there’s a huge amount of intervention that can be done.’
Kate, a mother-of-three, appeared to have a natural rapport with the mothers and daughters at the charity
During the discussion, the Princess looked passionate about the cause of Streets of Growth
One of the staff told her: ‘Sometimes they don’t know that they need help. A lot of the time, the young people don’t even want to know us, it just means showing up every day. They’re very vulnerable.’
Speaking with actor and patron of the charity, Eddie Marsam, she said: ‘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.
‘It is possible it does make a difference.’
Founder of the charity Darren Way said Kate ‘makes you very relaxed’ and added that after her visit ‘the sky’s the limit’ in their mission to help more vulnerable young people.
In December last year, when the Prince and Princess of Wales visited the east coast city to host the Earthshot Prize, the royal couple paid a visit to Roca.
The Princess joined the mother and daughter group as they were crafting, making espadrille shoes from pieces of fabric
The Princess looked deep in conversation as she chatted with the frontline staff who are working with vulnerable young people
Kate heard about the ways in which the staff use neuroscience-informed techniques to help children and young people in their care
The Princess cut a corporate figure in the camel suit with a tailored, angular jacket and wide-leg flared trousers
Princess Kate met with frontline staff at the youth organisation, many of whom were helped by its support workers when they were younger
The Princess chatted to some of the staff at the organisation, which has recently moved to a newer, bigger space
Streets of Growth builds on a Roca-style model, using neuroscience and cognitive skills to train its own practitioners and help the young people using its services break negative patterns of behaviour. The aim of this is to eventually encourage them to play a central role in building thriving communities.
The charity engages police and youth offending teams within the community, as well as social services, schools and colleges, plus housing associations which may operate the properties where young people using the charity may live.
Streets of Growth operates an Appropriate Intervention Bridging Model, which takes into account the lifestyle, environment, education and careers of children.
The charity has recently moved into a new space in east London, funded by Unite Students. The new HQ has helped Streets of Growth increase its capacity in the area, making it able to cater for more young people.
Kate’s visit is her second solo engagement in as many days, following her trip to a royal navy base in Yeovilton on Monday.
The Princess donned a £549 black blazer from Holland Cooper which she has worn previously, with gold button detailing, paired with trousers and £650 black pumps with a thick heel from Gianvito Rossi as she visited the Royal Navy Air Station in Yeovilton.
Kate, who is commodore-in-chief of the Fleet Air Arm as of last month, styled her long, thick brunette locks in bouncy blow-dried waves, with her new 70s-style fringe framing her face perfectly.
Showcasing her natural beauty, the mother-of-three kept make-up simple with a touch of blush, a nude lip and a bronze eye and she accessorised with white topaz Kiki McDonough teardrop earrings.
While visiting an aircraft hangar, Kate fell about laughing while trying on an emergency lifejacket and inflating it as she wore it around her neck. Elsewhere in her visit, she chatted with personnel in the air traffic control tower, before having the opportunity to trial the flight simulator.
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