Prince William and Kate Middleton let their hair down in quite a different way Sunday from Saturday’s polo match. The royal couple helped some kids out with arts and crafts at an inner-city school in Skid Row, which is anything but glamorous – a complete contrast to the ritzier parts of Los Angeles they have visited thus far.
A small group of elementary-aged kids welcomed the royal couple upon their arrival to the Inner City Arts Academy. Those kids have been given a wonderful treat to meet the prince and princess – an opportunity they likely would never have had. Not only did they get to meet them, they got to have some fun as they all dug into a few arts and crafts projects together.
First, the academy’s president and chief executive officer, Cynthia Harnisch, prepped Prince William and Kate Middleton on the challenges these kids face on a daily basis due to poverty and homelessness. Afterwards, the couple put on their art smocks and went to a visual arts studio where fifth-graders showed William and Kate how to create mandalas.
Their next arts and crafts project involved making a giant tortoise out of ceramics. Kate helped the kids create the shell of the reptile, while Prince William helped out with the tortoise’s body.
This day of arts and crafts actually sounds a lot more fun that some of the other activities the royal couple has lined up. It’s important that Prince William and his new bride see that not all of L.A. is full of glam. To see the Skid Row side of L.A. is shocking – why do some people have it made and live in a dream world, when, just around the corner, these kids struggle just to survive? Life isn’t fair – that’s what it all boils down to.