Don’t worry William, we all did.
Prince William has admitted he used to be a fan of MTV reality show ‘Pimp My Ride’. The series, which began on MTV in the UK in 2005, was hosted by DJ Tim Westwood and was a spin-off of the US show of the same name. The Duke of Cambridge made the revelation while visiting the XLP centre, a charity which offers a mentoring service to at-risk young people in London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the XLP center in London.
During the visit the charity’s founder and chief executive officer Patrick Regan told the audience that William had visited some of their projects last year and seen their mobile recording studio which had been set-up in a former police van.
The studio van had been featured in an episode of ‘Pimp My Ride’ in 2008. When Regan asked the audience “has anyone seen the programme Pimp My Ride?” a number of people raised their hands including William.
"When I told people the Duke was coming back [to see the work of the charity for a second time] they said 'Can you get him to rap in the van?’" Regan continued, which caused laughter from the Duke and Duchess.
The organisation helps troubled young people who are dealing with issues such as knife crime, mental health problems and gang violence. During the Cambridges’ visit they were told by the young people how the charity had improved their lives.
One young person, 20-year-old Basia Bozzao, played an original song for the royal couple, titled ‘Heaven Help Me’. After the performance Willam and Kate were presented with a CD of the song, with Regan telling them he hoped to hear it "blasting out from Kensington Palace”. William then joked: "Do we get the van? I want the van."
The XLP van travels to schools, pupil referral units and on estates across London and uses music and music production as a way to connect with young people. The organisation works in more than 75 schools across London and provides mentors to 11-18 year olds, who are facing emotional and behavioural challenges.