Prince William leaves Tanzanian man shocked when speaking to him fluently in Swahili
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The Duke of Cambridge showed off his language skills at an awards event on Tuesday when he was overheard speaking fluent Swahili to one of the award recipients.
The 37-year-old royal was attending the Princess Diana Legacy awards at Kensington Palace in London when he struck up a conversation with recipient Erick Venant (25) from Tanzania.
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The Duke of Cambridge hosted the inspirational #2019LegacyAwards recipients from the Diana Awards, for tea at Kensington Palace. The Diana Award is a continuation of Princess Diana’s legacy and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Taking place every two years, the Legacy Awards celebrate the achievements of 20 outstanding young leaders, visionaries and role models from across the world, aged 12-25, who have demonstrated their ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to serve their communities. The Award recipients will have access to a two-year development programme which will look to enhance leadership, community development, social entrepreneurship and technology. Earlier in 2019 The Duke of Sussex attended the UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit, hosted by the Diana Award — the summit brought together the UK mentoring community, business leaders, politicians and young people at the UK’s first National Youth Mentoring Summit in London. The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex attended the previous Legacy Awards ceremony in 2017 — visit @DianaAward to see more from this year’s awards. Images ?? Diana Award / Carmel King / PA
Tessy Ojo, chief executive of The Diana Award charity, described the moment as being “truly special”.
She told People magazine, “It wasn’t just one sentence. This wasn’t something he had just read out of a book – this young boy was gobsmacked!”
Turns out it’s not the first time William has revealed his linguistic skills. Last year he was heard speaking Swahili to Tanzanian President John Magufuli while on a trip.
Erick was among a group recipients from across the UK and Commonwealth countries, including Canada, Nigeria, Tanzania and India, who have had a significant impact on society. He was awarded for leading a national anti-microbial resistance campaign in Tanzania.
Tessy further revealed the duke had diligently “read up” on all of the recipients before the event and had taken time to speak with each person at the afternoon tea.
(Sources: Daily Mail, Instagram)