PRINCE Andrew cracked jokes about Yorkshire accents as he spoke to students at Huddersfield University.
The Duke of York, the Queen’s second son, visited the International Study Centre during a three-hour visit to the university.
He also met business leaders and learned about the relationship between the university and local businesses.
The prince also jokingly questioned why his daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, were both set to finish their studies for the year before students at Huddersfield.
The prince, who is the UK’s ambassador for trade and investment, was welcomed by Prof Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor of Huddersfield University, who described his visit as a “great honour and privilege”.
The prince also met English teacher Rachel Hitch and asked the international students how they understood Yorkshire accents.
Student Nevin Nazil, 24, from Turkey, spoke to the prince about her desire to work in transport and logistics as her father runs a company back in Turkey.
She said: “I was so excited to come here and be part of the lesson he came into. He seemed really interested in my subject and seemed like a really nice person.
“He looked very smart and was a nice, warm and friendly person. I never thought I’d meet a member of the royal family so it was great.”
Nigerian student Eyituoyo Atare Mamoh also spoke to the prince.
He added: “He seemed like a really cool guy and it was a great experience for me. I’ll be telling my family and friends back home about it.”
English teacher Rachel Hitch said she was a bit nervous before meeting the prince, but felt at ease when he joked about accents.
She said: “Everyone has been really looking forward to it. Because we only had a few minutes with him I wanted to demonstrate how we teach English to our international students.
“We’re quite a new department so having a member of the royal family come here and see what we do is a real boost. He was funny and very chatty with the students which was great. And teachers having Yorkshire accents isn’t a problem, it’s good for the students to hear different accents.”
The prince officially opened the International Study Centre before presenting awards for his own Community Initiative – a scheme set up to award community spirit and leadership throughout Yorkshire and Humberside.
Professor Bob Cryan said:
“He’s an ambassador for British business around the world and we hope that when he goes overseas he’ll remember what he’s seen at Huddersfield and see it as good practice.”
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