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Prince William ‘makes school student’s dreams come true’ in surprise visit

The Prince of Wales, 41, is visiting St Michael’s School in Rowley Regis today after a student wrote to the royal last year.

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Freddie Hadley wrote to Prince William, inviting him to see his school to see their work with tackling mental health challenges.

Today, the father-of-three surprised the young student with a visit to the secondary school.

In September, Freddie’s school posted a picture of his letter to Prince William on social media.

In the letter, Freddie explained his project as a group of 11 to 14-year-old boys who meet every week to develop ideas and projects to shine a spotlight on male mental health.

The group launched the #AmIManlyEnough campaign last year to tackle the stigma around male mental health and encourage men and boys to communicate more about their feelings.

Much to the boy’s delight, William responded to his social media callout two days later, coinciding with World Mental Health Day, commending Freddie and St Michael’s School on their work to tackle mental health challenges faced by pupils.

The school captioned the original post: “When your students create a guest list and include His Royal Highness Prince William.

“Some might think this is wildly ambitious but as Walt Disney once said ‘all our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them’.”

Earlier today, the Prince and Princess of Wales’s social media accounts quote posted the message with a waving hand emoji, letting the school know he was on his way.

William told him: “I’m here now”, as he met the enterprising youngster.

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