PRINCE William has told a group of young beatboxers of his appreciation for Kanye West during a stop on the second morning of his Australian tour.
The prince's first engagement for the day has been meeting a group of youth workers representing the Ted Noffs Foundation, which organises the Street university program for disadvantaged and troubled adolescents.
After the youths finished beatboxing about their "unconventional hip hop centre", Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asked Prince William what music he liked.
The prince replied, "Mine's very varied - I like rock, Linkin Park ... Kanye West. I normally get the piss taken out of me, for my choice of music".
"I can't do any beatboxing, I'm not so good at that," he said.
The prince and the Prime Minister then spent half an hour talking to the adolescent clients of the Ted Noffs centre at Randwick in Sydney's east. William is patron of an English charity for disadvantaged youths.
Scores of well-wishers waved and cheered as the prince left the centre, and screamed in delight when he waved back at them.
William later visited Holsworthy Army base. A BBQ at Mrs Macquarie's chair on Sydney Harbour is planned for lunchtime.
After dinner with NSW Governor Marie Bashir last night, Prince William grabbed some free time at a popular bar and restaurant on Darling Harbour. The Nine Network reports he enjoyed a few beers with his seafood platter at Bungalow 8.
Prince William arrived in Sydney and was taken straight from the airport to begin his crammed schedule of engagements. But on a day packed with VIP meet-and-greets, it was a tender moment in an extended stay in inner city Redfern which might have showen the prince's true colours.
"Did your mummy die?" a six-year-old girl asked him at a community centre. William was taken aback, but bowed slightly and immediately replied: "Yes she did, it was pretty sad."
The second in line to the throne then opened the Adventures of Possum Magic and read it cover to cover for the children of the centre, in the Aboriginal heartland of Sydney.
It was not meant to be the highlight of the first day of the prince's visit to Australia. But it was the most tender, and a scene reminiscent of the sort his mother Princess Diana often found herself in.
Prince William says he does not have the same affinity with children as his mother.
But yesterday he was king of the kids, ignoring his busy schedule to spend an extra hour laughing, reading and playing computer games with the children.
"I wouldn't say I was anywhere near her level. She had a fantastic affinity with kids and with everyone," he said earlier. "I just go and meet people and just enjoy their company."
William said he got a buzz out of seeing kids smile; and yesterday the kids got a buzz out of him.
I still think that WIlliam will be King and Charles won't. Plus can you imagine uglyass Camila as Queen? LOL neither can I
I prefer Harry but still I really like the fact that they carry on with the stuff that Dianan used to do