The Princess of Wales spoke with British rapper, Professor Green about his experiences of growing up in kinship care, as he was raised by his grandmother, during her second royal engagement of the day. The pair joined forces to shed light on children raised outside of normal circumstances, such as by relatives and friends. During her visit, The Princess and Professor Green spoke with trainees – who have taken part in the scheme’s creative-writing programme – about their lived experiences and how the programme has helped them.
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The rapper, who has first-hand experience of the care system, is a Shaping Us champion.
Shaping Us is Kate’s project, which launched earlier this year. The project aims to highlight the importance of the early years.
The Princess of Wales met with kinship carers at a support group session in London to hear about their experiences of raising the child of a relative or friend. They also highlighted the vital role they play in raising the next generation.
Slighly different to adoption or foster care, Kinship care is when a child is looked after by their extended family or close friends when the child cannot remain with their birth parents.
Kate is meeting with a group of kinship carers who have been supported by Kinship, which is a leading charity dedicated to them, and discuss the role they play in a child’s development.
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They discussed the importance of ensuring that every child has loving networks around them, and equally, has the foundation to build positive and lasting connections with other people.
The Foundling Museum tells the tale of the Foundling Hospital – the UK’s first children’s charity founded in 1739.
It was set up as a home for children whose mothers couldn’t care for or keep them.
Since it was founded, the Museum has delivered a host of mentorship programmes and creative projects, as well as training, led and developed by contemporary artists, musicians and writers.
The Princess arrived wearing a beautiful shade of pink, the same colour that she stunned royal fans in at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday.
Thursday marked Kate’s second lot of engagements of the week, after she arrived all smiles in Chelsea on Monday.
The royal attended the Chelsea Flower Show solo – without Prince William – with the King and Queen arriving together later that day.
Kate’s presence within the monarchy has seemingly stepped up recently, with the 41-year-old taking on more and more engagements alone – mostly ones that involve her passion of childhood development.