A Keighley teenager took a so-called ‘selfie’ on her mobile phone... with none other than HRH Prince William!
Maisie Brook cheekily asked the Duke of Cambridge – and future heir to the throne – whether he would pose with her for the self-taken picture when she met him in London.
The 19-year-old college student also mingled with celebrities including Jonathan Ross and Tinie Tempah during the gala dinner and concert in aid of youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.
Former Oakbank School student, Maisie, received help from homelessness charities several years ago, and continues to receive support from Centrepoint’s specialist workers.
She and support worker, Suffia Hussain, were among Centrepoint clients and staff invited to the Winter Whites Gala at Kensington Palace.
Maisie initially thought she would simply be watching a concert by the likes of Eliza Doolittle and Taylor Swift, before discovering she would meet some of the celebrity guests and performers.
She described her conversation with William – the Duke of Cambridge – as “proper overwhelming”!
Maisie and other Centrepoint clients were originally told only a professional photographer could take pictures of them with Prince William.
Maisie said: “I asked if I could have a picture on my phone. Prince William said ‘I suppose this will be on Twitter in a second?’, and I said ‘yes’.
“He’s really nice and down-to-earth. It wasn’t what we were expecting. He was really interested in us.”
Maisie, who grew up in Keighley, needed support from homelessness workers earlier in her teens.
She lived in a hostel run by Keighley housing advice agency, Keyhouse, for a few weeks, before moving into a shared house.
Maisie is currently in her second year of a travel and tourism course at Bradford College.
National charity Centrepoint recently took over all homelessness services for young people in Bradford.
As well as music by well-known singers, the Winter Whites Gala featured performances by young people who had been supported by Centrepoint.