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Wee buns for William as he stars in own bake off

By Tony Jones

Published 15/09/2016

Prince William meets some young people during a visit to Caius House youth club in London
Prince William meets some young people during a visit to Caius House youth club in London

The Duke of Cambridge has sympathised with fans of The Great British Bake Off "distraught" the show is leaving the BBC - but said it will be just as good at its new Channel 4 home.

William spoke about the popular programme when he gave a display of cake decorating during a visit to a south London youth club.

After joining a class where youngsters were being taught how to pipe vanilla butter cream onto cupcakes, he told them he had watched the show featuring Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

The future king spent a few moments decorating the sweet treat, then looked up and said: "Mary Berry, eat your heart out, look at that."

He turned to Patricia Nunoo (17), a volunteer at the Caius House youth club in Wandsworth, and said: "Not quite as elegant as yours, but it's a start."

The future of Bake Off has been thrown into turmoil following the shock announcement it will move from the BBC to Channel 4 and the revelation that regular hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not return to the show next year.

William said to the young bakers around him: "You must be distraught it's moving, but I'm sure it will be just as good."

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