Prince Harry took to the streets of London today for a motivational run with a group of homeless youngsters being helped by a sports charity.
Harry donned running tights, shorts and a tight top for the jog around the streets of Willesden Green with the young people and volunteers from The Running Charity.
The organisation uses sport to develop life skills in participants and has been working with some of the residents from a hostel founded by the Depaul charity, which supports the homeless and disadvantaged.
Harry’s 17-minute jog took him along leafy residential roads and he was recognised a couple of times as he pounded the streets with the group, which included a Metropolitan Police personal protection officer.
Claude Umuhire, 26, a programme officer with the charity, took the runners through a strenuous warm-up session then led the more gentle run.
He said afterwards: “He didn’t find any of it hard, I think he’s been training just for today. He found everything easy.
“I tried to get him in the warm-up but he did pretty well. He kept giving me looks though every time I said five squats.”
He added: “There was a woman who was pulling out of her driveway. She realised who he was and she drove in front of us and started taking pictures of him.
“And as we were leaving, there was a guy at the traffic lights who looked across and did a double take. The joy in his face. It was so funny, his eyes just opened up, he was so happy.”
Harry visited the hostel in northwest London, opened by his mother in June 1995. When he arrived he passed a photo of Diana with a group of young people on a flight of stairs.
After running with the group of young people, Harry told them: “You have all made the decision to go running. Now you are all ambassadors for The Running Charity.”
As he left he joked: “Next time I will come and play pool maybe,” on seeing a the pool table in the corner of the room.