Prince William and Kate to join forces for XLP engagement

By Chloe Best

Prince William and Kate have another joint engagement in the books later this month in London. On Friday March 11, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pop over to the urban youth charity XLP to learn more about the XL Mentoring program.

The news was confirmed on the official Kensington Palace Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

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"On Friday 11 March The Duke and Duchess will visit @XLMentoring, part of @xlplondon, which supports young people facing emotional challenges," the tweet read.

XL-Mentoring is a scheme run through churches and charitable organisations that offers support to young people aged 11-18 by providing them with a mentor. These mentors will meet up with them for two hours a week for 12 months to discuss any issues they may have, as well as helping them to learn new skills, set goals for the future and work hard to achieve them.

The engagement was confirmed on Twitter

The scheme was set up by charity XLP, which was established in 1996 by Patrick Regan after a stabbing in a playground. The organisation now operates in over 60 schools and deals with a wide variety of issues including drugs awareness, anger management, poverty and racism.

It is not the first time William and Kate have seen the charity's work first-hand; in March 2015 the royal couple visited one of XLP's community outreach projects in Sydenham, London, which they described as "incredible and revolutionary".

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News of the official outing comes just a week after royal aides defended Prince William when he was criticised for only attending two royal engagements this year, in addition to his part time job as a helicopter pilot.

His calendar is set to get a lot busier in the coming weeks as he and Kate prepare to undertake an official tour of India and Bhutan in April. They will also join in the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, which will see Kate give her first ever interview as a royal for a special television programme on the Monarch's life and reign.

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