The Prince of Wales sealed his reputation as a ‘royal hunk’ today, after scores of female fans lined up to hug him.
William, accompanied by his happily easy-going wife, was mobbed by well-wishers but cheekily told them: “I draw the line at kissing!” »
The couple were visiting Cardiff to mark Black History Month, where they met Caribbean elders.
It was a serious subject and the future king certainly didn’t expect to unleash his inner flirt until he found himself faced with a line of very tactile ladies.
While chatting to Roma Taylor, 79, founder of Windrush Cymru Elders, she became the first in a long line of women demanding a hug from the prince, 41. “It was long !” she laughed afterwards.
The Prince of Wales (pictured) met scores of royal fans who queued to hug him during a visit to Cardiff to mark Black History Month.
Ms Taylor, a former member of Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, has proven to have form when it comes to physical displays of affection towards the royal family.
She said that when King Charles visited the Senedd last year, she held his hand for so long that a member of his security team finally had to tell him she had to let him go.
Karen Lucock, 65, said of meeting William: “I said, ‘Please can I have a hug?’ He said, “Yes, you can. » I was surprised because he hugged me for quite a while. I’m a little in shock! »
It was then that the prince joked in the room: “No kiss!” I set the limit on kissing! »
This didn’t deter Yvonne Howard-Bunt, who turned to the prince and asked: “Can I have some of what she just ate?”
Yes, it turned out she could.
There was so much laughter that when he posed for a group photo, William provoked bursts of laughter by saying: “Who’s pinching my butt?”
After the photo, the couple went to speak to groups of young people in another room where William told them: “I’m really sorry, we talk a lot next door. Hugs too.
The future king was greeted by lines of female fans waiting their turn to hug the father of three.
During the visit, William and Princess Kate also met schoolchildren who lined the streets to greet the royal family.
While Kate looked chic in a pantsuit, the Prince of Wales looked elegant in a dark jacket, navy pants and brown suede boots.
If the prince was surprised by the reaction, Daily Mail readers won’t be after columnist Amanda Platell last month welcomed William’s return to “royal hunk” status after he floundered in a river in New York.
William and Catherine were at the Grange Pavilion community center in Cardiff to meet members of Windrush Cymru Elders and other groups to hear about this generation’s contribution to the community.
The prince met Dorothy Anderson, 83, who spent 30 years as a nursing assistant in the NHS.
Chantal Patel, 67, who sat next to her, said: “He was shocked that she was almost 84. He wanted to know her secret.”
Princess Kate gave her husband an affectionate look as they chatted to people outside the Grange Pavilion.
The Prince and Princess of Wales met with elders of the Windrush community and members of the Youth Council for Young People of Color in Wales.
Ms Anderson said: “I said, ‘It’s hard work and you have to focus on what you want to do in life.’ He said, “Well done, that’s the way of life, Dorothy. ‘
The couple also played table tennis with two Somali teenage girls. After a winning shot from the princess, William said: “You have to watch her serve – she has a part in serving.”
Eleeza Khan, 17, said: “It was really relaxing and engaging. They got into it – we got into it.
Amira Begum, 18, said: “They were pretty good – surprisingly good. »
The visit ended with another hug, this one prompted by William himself.
As he prepared to say goodbye to his host, Professor Uzo Iwobi, founder and chief executive of the Race Council Cymru, he said: “I think you need a big hug – you’ve been amazing. “
Afterward, Iwobi, 54, said the visit was the result of a promise William made when he awarded him a CBE at Windsor Castle earlier this year for helping race relations.
She said: “When I came to receive my CBE, I said to Prince William, if you think about what you put on my chest, come and greet the elders of Wales, shake the hands of those elders who are have sacrificed for 75 years to make Britain what it is. They have never met royalty.
He told her to write to his office, but she insisted: “Promise me.”
She continued: “He said, ‘I’m going to make it.’ I’ll bring Catherine. Today he saw me and said: “I promised you and I keep my word. It was so beautiful and overwhelming for our elders to hold the hand of the future king.
When they left, the local children offered them leeks and bouquets.