Prince William shows off his dance moves during a visit to a youth centre

Prince William attempted to learn some dance move with the Scariofunk dance collective during a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London. Photo / AP
Prince William attempted to learn some dance move with the Scariofunk dance collective during a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London. Photo / AP

Prince William entered the Great British Bake Off debate today - commiserating with a group of youngsters unhappy that it is moving to Channel 4.

At a cake-decorating session he compared his efforts to those of the show's amateur bakers saying - "Mary Berry, eat your heart out!".

He also told volunteer Patricia Nunoo, 17: "I've watched Bake Off a few times - you must be distraught it's moving."

While comforting other fans he said he thought the show will be "just as good" after its move to the traditionally youth-orientated channel.

William also tried out his dance moves on a visit to a London youth centre - but drew the line at stepping into the boxing ring with a 12-year-old.

Dressed in his suit, William rolled his arms to the beat as he got into the groove. Photo / AP
Dressed in his suit, William rolled his arms to the beat as he got into the groove. Photo / AP

"I've left my gloves at home," he told Dante Morgan after being challenged to a fight at Caius House in Battersea, south London.

The duke was less shy about joining a teenage dance troupe, the Scariofunk Dance Collective.

"I can never get the shoulder shiver right," he said as he asked for a quick tutorial on one of their moves. "There is no pressure, because I will look ridiculous."

He was probably right: his mentor, Candice Blake, 15, gave him a "generous" 5 out of 10 for his performance. "But 10 out of 10 for effort. He was up for it."

He may be heir to the throne but what Prince William makes up for in blue blood, he lacks in rhythm.

The 34-year-old proved he's no snakehips as he joined the Scariofunk dance collective during a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London.

The Prince giggled with the teachers as he was watched by youths at Caius House, which aspires to bring the local community together by helping young people bridge the educational and life skills gap between childhood and adulthood.

Britain's Prince William ices a cake during a baking class with young people and volunteers on a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London. Photo / AP
Britain's Prince William ices a cake during a baking class with young people and volunteers on a visit to Caius House Youth Centre in London. Photo / AP

It's clear where Prince William gets his dance moves from; William's enthusiastic dancing was reminiscent of his father Prince Charles's regular attempts to blend in with local traditions via some questionable moves.

Most famously, during his first visit to Brazil in 1978, Charles took to the dance floor with a Samba dancer during a party staged by the mayor of Rio De Janeiro.

As well as offering his services as a spare dancer, William also threatened to grow a beard after being inspired by the goatee of studio engineer Kevin Brown.

Prince William meets young people in a boxing ring whilst on a visit to Caius House. Photo / AP
Prince William meets young people in a boxing ring whilst on a visit to Caius House. Photo / AP

"I quite like his goatee," he said. "I might try and grow myself a beard."

The duke's visit came after he invested the centre's chairman, Patrick Burgess, with the OBE at Windsor Castle last December and was invited to visit Caius House.

The centre's origins date back to 1887 when undergraduates and fellows from Gonville and Caius College Cambridge rented a house in Battersea and started a College "settlement" where they lived and ran a range of clubs for local residents.

A former graduate of the college Edward Wilson - the doctor on Captain Scott's ill-fated South Pole expedition - worked at the institution when he moved to London in 1896 as a medical student.

It was announced earlier this week that Prince George and Princess Charlotte are set to take Canada by storm as they join their parents on a week-long tour of the country later this month.

- Daily Mail

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