That’s two Spice Girls in one week!
A day after Prince William handed Victoria Beckham an award at Buckingham Palace (and got her to flash a rare smile!), he, Princess Kate and Prince Harry bumped into another former member of the girl group, Emma Bunton – aka Baby Spice.
The royal trio watched Bunton’s national radio show being broadcast during a visit to a college preparing students for a future in media.
Harry, William and Kate, who wore a red suit by Armani, met young people from the Global Academy in Hayes, west London, helping out with the production of Heart radio’s breakfast show presented by Bunton and Jamie Theakston as it was broadcast from the school on Thursday.
Theakston quipped, “I’m not sure the royal party has been this close to a Spice Girl.”
But they certainly have! In November 1997, Harry, then 13, and his dad Prince Charles were all smiles as they hung out with the Spice Girls at one of their concerts in South Africa.
At the event on Thursday, the royals officially launched the new academy, which opened its doors last September and to promote their Heads Together mental health campaign. They took part in a round table discussion with Bunton and Theakston and Capital Radio’s Roman Kemp (the son of Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp) and presenter Nick Ferrari.
Speaking to a group of students who have been working in the academy’s radio station on a series of packages focusing on mental wellbeing, Kate asked, “Is this an issue you knew about or had experienced before this? Have any of you spoken to your friends or family about issues that have been bothering you?”
Oliver Monger, 16, from Uxbridge, who hopes to go into the film industry, revealed he was shy to talk to “to someone so high.”
Smiling Kate told him, “I’m shy as well, so don’t worry.’
Afterward Monger told reporters, “That was just fantastic. It has really boosted my confidence. I had no idea what to say at first but she really put me at ease.”
That FaceTime talk, and Thursday’s visit, is all part of the royals’ recent promotion of their mental health initiative that started with Harry talking candidly about going to therapy to cope with the loss of his mother Princess Diana 20 years ago. And on Wednesday, he was praised by his sister-in-law Kate, who described him as “brilliant.”
William also opened up about his heartbreak over losing his mother.
“The shock is the biggest thing,” he says in the new BBC documentary Mind Over Marathon. “I still feel, 20 years later about my mother, I still have shock within me . . . People say shock can’t last that long, but it does. You never get over it. It’s such an unbelievably big moment in your life that it never leaves you, you just learn to deal with it.”