Prince Harry was been greeted like a returning friend by the cast and crew of a new film based on the real-life experiences of young people in a challenging city neighbourhood.

Prince Harry laughs with youngsters involved in a garden project during a visit to the Full Effect Youth Projec
Prince Harry laughs with youngsters involved in a garden project during a visit to the Full Effect Youth Projec

The teenagers involved in making Guillemot in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham laughed and joked with their royal visitor as they said he is becoming a familiar face in their part of the city.

Dressed casually, Prince Harry chatted to the young actors, producers and scriptwriters at Huntingdon Academy before heading off for Guillemot’s premiere at the city’s Cineworld multiplex.

The film has been made as part of the Full Effect project – a community initiative in St Ann’s aimed at tackling problems including youth violence and gangs, as well as improving opportunities for the young people involved.

Prince Harry has taken a special interest in Full Effect, which is supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and today was his third visit to see it in action.

Many of the teenagers who spoke to Prince Harry said they had met him before, and one said he was becoming a “regular visitor” to the area.

Prince Harry met the young movie-makers as part of a longer visit to the primary school, during which he talked to youngsters involved in a range of after-school activities provided as part of the Full Effect project.

He joked with children showing him round their eco-garden and examined the handiwork of a group learning basic bike maintenance.

The Prince also watched a game of football, but decided not to take part in the kickabout.

The Full Effect project is training a group of young people to be fully qualified youth leaders and also supports primary school children by providing the extra curricular activities Harry watched today.

Later, at the screening, Prince Harry said: "What we want to do with this project is create young leaders. You all have talents. When you get given the opportunity, take it. And you have all done that.

“If there was going to be any meaningful change, it needed to come from within St Ann’s. Give anyone here an opportunity and they make the most of it.

“This project means a lot to me, a lot to the Royal Foundation. I can really feel the passion from this place, and from this project.

“There’s a positive future out there for every single one of us. Please just keep aiming high. Well done.”


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