Prince William surprises Warwick pupil by joining video call
‘No way!’ That was 14 year-old Rose Agnew’s response when HRH Prince William made a surprise appearance in a video call Rose filmed with her fellow Anti Bullying Ambassadors from The Diana Award charity, for National Anti-Bullying Week.
Prince William joked with the teenagers that Tessy Ojo, Chief Executive of the charity, did not tell them who they would be talking to beforehand.
He said: "It’s always good when Tessy doesn’t tell you who you are going to meet, there could be all sorts of expectations. So I’m sorry if this is a little bit different to who you might have thought you were going to see."
Rose was talking about the importance of anti bullying ambassadors in schools.
The Diana Award, set up in memory of Prince William’s mother, has trained more than 35,000 young people as anti bullying ambassadors.
King’s High is a national showcase school for The Diana Award and over 100 pupils, from each year group in the school, have trained with The Diana Award.
Rose sits on the charity’s national Youth Board. (She made her successful application by performing a song she wrote).
Rose also did interviews for ITV News and Sky News throughout the week.
She told Kay Burley of Sky News: ‘I know not every school is as lucky as mind to have anti-bullying ambassadors, but please, please don’t suffer in silence. Don’t be a bystander, because in some ways that is just as bad as being a bully.’
Rose co-hosted a roundtable discussion for Sky’s FYI news programme for young people, alongside fellow King’s High pupil, Hope Brotherhood, and teacher, Shirley Watson.
The panel included representatives from Facebook, Demos, and Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education.
Throughout the week, King’s High’s Wellbeing Ambassadors supported the national anti bullying message, from social media campaigns and Odd Socks Day, to training with The Diana Award.