The Earl and Countess of Wessex have visited Whitton School on their tenth wedding anniversary to see some of the good work being done there by teen mums.
Straight Talking, a New Malden-based charity, is one of nearly 160 groups to have shared a total of £1.1m from the Wessex Youth Trust since it was set up by the royal couple a decade ago.
Prince Edward and his wife Sophie spent about an hour at Whitton School in Percy Road learning how Straight Talking works with pupils to teach them about the realities of becoming a teen parent.
They were greeted by a line of students waving Union Jacks and handed a bouquet of flowers in honour of their anniversary as they left.
In between, the couple watched former teen mum Becky Diston, of Chessington, demonstrate the difficulties of carrying a buggy upstairs with a nipper in the other hand. They also chatted to pupils calculating how to survive on a single mum's budget and heard another mum talk to children about her experiences.
At one point Sophie, who has two children of her own, joked about how you only realised when you became a mother how you need three arms to cope.
Edward had a slippery encounter with the school pet Jimmy, an albino corn snake. He joked with 15-year-old Harry Harrison that he had 'lots of adders and grass snakes' in his garden.
Straight Talking has been sending teen mums into Whitton School for a decade to help with its sex education classes and teacher Dave Connellan said the added 'street cred' they provided helped drive the message home.
Hilary Pannack, who founded Straight Talking from the loft of her New Malden flat in 1998, said it was a huge honour to have Edward and Sophie see some of the work they have helped support.
“I'm really proud of my teenage parents and delighted they're getting the recognition they deserve,” she added.
Jane Reddan, who fell pregnant with son Josh when she was just 16, was among those demonstrating the work of Straight Talking on the day.
The 21-year-old, of Kingston Road, New Malden, said the prince and his wife were 'really nice and friendly'.
“It's great coming into schools like this, setting out the realities of being a teen parent and getting feedback from the pupils,” she added. “They usually think they know what it's going to be like at first but that always changes by the end."