After visiting the 9/11 Museum and Memorial today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Door, an educational center for 12-24-year-olds in downtown Manhattan, which recently teamed up with the CityKids Foundation to provide added support for children.
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There, they met 22-year-old Steven Prescod, who performed a spoken word piece about his father, who was incarcerated when he was just one year old, among other things.
"William said he wanted to help me put this together. He gave me his contact number and said to reach out to him," Prescod said. "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."
Prince William and Duchess Kate met with many people at the organization, including Julie Shapiro, executive director of The Door, and Jamal Joseph, National Artistic Director of CityKids. They also sat down with eight children who use the service. The main event, however, was the 25-minute dance and music performance that showcased the talents of young adults, including Prescod.
"That was incredible guys," William told them afterward. "It was amazing and should be on in the West End [in London]. ... It nearly had me in tears."
The performers were equally impressed with the royals, whom they described as engaged, authentic and down-to-earth. One person in particular also noted what a great couple they seem to make.
"They sync together, finish each others' sentences," observed 22-year-old Eduardo Gonzales. "They are like peanut butter and jelly."
Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) December 9, 2014