Prince William and Kate Middleton visit slum street, while Harry and Meghan give speech at Wembley
While Kate and William expressed shock at housing conditions at a slum area in Blackpool, Harry and Meghan put in an inspiring appearance at charity event in Wembley arena
The two royal couples were commended for their outings on Wednesday, and received quite a bit of praise for their concerns and expressions during two different events.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were seen visiting a slum street in Blackpool, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made an appearance at We Day UK at Wembley arena to give a spot-on speech.
While visiting houses in one of Blackpool's most deprived areas, William and Kate were not able to hide the shock and horror as they were shown around a house which had rotting floorboards and water dripping from the living room ceiling.
While walking on planks which covered the floor, they were told how a family with young children had to live there when it was owned by a private landlord.
Blackpool council had bought the graffiti-covered house for around £40,000 along with a few other houses in Kirby Road to revamp and let again. Before visiting the slum street, Prince William gave a speech at Black Tower about the town's housing stock and said, "Blackpool, once a jewel in the crown of the British tourism industry, bore the consequences of economic decline, testing times and a wave of unemployment," Express reported.
"Dispiritingly, those challenges are felt very strongly today. Unemployment remains quite high and Blackpool has become a transitory town. Against this backdrop, mental health issues and social problems have risen. Falling demand for tourist accommodation has created an oversupply of what the council perceives to be extremely low-quality, private-rented accommodation. Catherine and I are going to see examples of that first hand," he continued.
One such person living in these regenerated homes, Christina Jackson who is on benefits due to mental health showed William and Kate her home. Kate told her, "Thank you for having us," as William looked back at the media behind them and commented, "I hope they wiped their feet."
According to Blackpool Council’s head of regeneration Alan Cavill, the Royals were "quite shocked" at the state of the homes and "were clearly unhappy that children had been living there."
On the other hand, Harry was joined by his wife Meghan as he gave a right-on speech during WE Day UK 2019 to 12,000 shrieking and excited children.
WE Day is described as "an unparalleled event bringing together A-list celebrities, inspiring speakers and world leaders, mixed with uplifting stories of change from real people" and seeks to end child labor and support international development.
Meghan's appearance was a surprise to the crowd who went berserk upon hearing that the Duchess of Sussex was present. The royal couple was joined by celebrities including Pixie Lott, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Scherzinger, and Liam Payne.
In his speech, Harry said, "You are the most engaged generation in history. You care about values, doing the right thing, and championing the causes that will shape your future. You don’t judge someone on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify. In this room, you see the world for what it is — vibrant, colorful, mixed and full of promise. To be happy is to be mindful of your feelings, of your surroundings, and of the 7.7 billion other humans that inhabit this planet."
He also echoed Meghan's favorite quote by US civil rights activist Martin Luther King and said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Harry also said, "You may find yourselves frustrated with the older generation when it seems like they don’t care. But try to remove that judgment. You’ve the incredible opportunity to empower those around you to work with you, not against you, to find solutions."