By Jessica Kartalija

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It isn’t every day a royal prince comes to Charm City.

Jessica Kartalija reports the Earl of Wessex is working to keep at-risk kids off the streets.

More than two billion people around the world tuned in to see the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  Now, William’s uncle is getting a royal welcome here in Baltimore.

“I think it’s really good.  This is the first time I am going to meet a prince and I think it’s good,” said 12-year-old Keenan Johnson.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, will introduce a new self-development program targeting at-risk kids.

“They participate in community service, physical fitness, special skills and they go on an adventurous journey,” said Josh Randle.

It’s called the Duke of Edinburgh Award and  is aimed at building confidence among teens and young adults.

The prince will join Miss America and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake here in Baltimore on June 21.

“I never met a prince before,” said 12-year-old Tyrese Prue.

Kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Park Heights practice their technique in case the prince plans to shoot hoops.

“I’m going to ask him if he likes sports and ask him how it feels to be royalty,” Johnson said.

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth.

This is the first time that Baltimore will pilot the program for at-risk youth.


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