Kate Middleton attempts to DJ on Scotland tour but Prince William jokes ‘it’s hurting my ears’


The Duchess of Cambridge has attempted to DJ – leaving a laughing Prince William less than impressed during their tour of Scotland, with her husband joking ‘it’s hurting my ears’.

Kate, 39, tried her hand at the decks when visiting the Scottish Violence Reduction Centre (SVRU) in East Lothian, alongside the Duke of Cambridge, 38.

The couple were filmed at Heavy Sound, a partner of SVRU, which provides music, creative arts and sports activities in underprivileged areas.

A giggling Kate can be seen leaning over the DJ turntable and helping a man wearing a red hoodie create a tune – but when a low, strange beat is added to the mix, the room erupts into laughter.

Despite her instructor saying the tune is ‘pretty good’, William quips that it’s ‘hurting my ears’ and ‘sounds like a cat’.

The royal couple continue to laugh over her attempt, and before she leaves, Kate says: ‘Sorry for leaving such a terrible song. Delete it, delete it!’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge has attempted to DJ – leaving a laughing Prince William (pictured left) less than impressed during their tour of Scotland, with her husband joking ‘it’s hurting my ears’

Kate (pictured), 39, tried her hand at the decks when visiting the Scottish Violence Reduction Centre (SVRU) in East Lothian, alongside the Duke of Cambridge, 38

At the start of the footage, the royal mother-of-three is seen attempting some sound mixing by pressing buttons on the decks - but the end result prompts her to chuckle and cover her ears

Kate (pictured), 39, tried her hand at the decks when visiting the Scottish Violence Reduction Centre (SVRU) in East Lothian, alongside the Duke of Cambridge, 38

At the start of the footage, the royal mother-of-three is seen attempting some sound mixing by pressing buttons on the decks – but the end result prompts her to chuckle and cover her ears.

‘Please turn that off, it’s hurting my ears,” William jokes, after he is thought to have said it ‘sounds like a cat’.

As the couple are leaving, a seemingly embarrassed Kate turns to the people in the room and says: ‘Sorry for leaving such a terrible song. Delete it, delete it!’.

The clip of Kate’s DJing was posted to the pair’s Twitter account, with the caption: ‘Keep up the incredible work @vruscotland in leading the way in finding compassionate, holistic, human-led solutions. Oh and please do delete that music…’ 

William kicked off the couple’s tour of Scotland solo on Friday before Kate joined him on Monday.

A giggling Kate can be seen leaning over the DJ turntable and helping a man wearing a red hoodie create a tune - but when a low, strange beat is added to the mix, the room erupts into laughter

A giggling Kate can be seen leaning over the DJ turntable and helping a man wearing a red hoodie create a tune – but when a low, strange beat is added to the mix, the room erupts into laughter

In the afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge carried out a visit to East Lothian to learn about the impact of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit.

SVRU is a national centre of expertise in tackling violence, founded in 2005 by Strathclyde Police, who in the face of rising homicide rates wanted to try a different approach.

Working in partnership with Police Scotland and the Scottish Government, the SVRU aims to stop violence wherever it is found by using a public health approach to tackle the root causes of violent behaviours.

At Heavy Sound, William and Kate heard how the two organisations work closely together to help keep young people engaged in education or training and on the right path. Obtaining skills and qualifications can be crucial to preventing young people becoming vulnerable to violence. 

The Duke and Duchess met young people supported by the service to hear about their experiences, and how coming to the centre has inspired them to pursue qualifications in subject areas such as music production and bike maintenance. 

Despite her instructor saying the tune is 'pretty good', William quips that it's 'hurting my ears' and 'sounds like a cat'. Pictured left, Kate had a go at making a tune

Despite her instructor saying the tune is ‘pretty good’, William quips that it’s ‘hurting my ears’ and ‘sounds like a cat’. Pictured left, Kate had a go at making a tune

They also joined a group of service users taking part in a Muay Thai boxing session which aims to teach young people discipline and de-escalation techniques. 

The SVRU and Heavy Sound began working in partnership, alongside the Scottish Prison Service, in 2019 when they transformed an out of service bus into a mobile community centre, taking support, advice and music into the heart of neighbourhoods in and around Edinburgh. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the bus was redeployed to provide vulnerable young people with a safe place to go, as well as providing lunches to those in need within their community. 

During the visit, staff spoke to the Duke and Duchess about their collaborative work on the project, and how the SVRU has continued to work with Heavy Sound, including embedding one of its officers at the centre in order to help the young people it supports build positive relationships with the police and the justice system.

The couple (pictured) were filmed at Heavy Sound, a partner of SVRU, which provides music, creative arts and sports activities in underprivileged areas

The couple (pictured) were filmed at Heavy Sound, a partner of SVRU, which provides music, creative arts and sports activities in underprivileged areas

Heavy Sound aims to make learning work for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people who are excluded or fall out of education and works to re-engage them through delivering innovative projects tailored to their interests, including song writing, DJing, music production, and sound recording. 

Through positive engagement, they aim to improve life chances and move young people to positive futures. 

Focussing on prevention and early intervention, Heavy Sound works to provide a supportive space for young people to express themselves and learn new skills, whilst simultaneously addressing issues around self-confidence, self-esteem and general well-being.  

Exact details of William and Kate’s Scottish tour schedule is being kept under wraps but the Duke and Duchess are expected to visit St Andrews University, where they met as students 20 years ago. 

The couple will also host a special drive-in screening of Disney’s Cruella for NHS staff, and will join young carers from the local Fife area for a session of land yachting on the beach. The trip will also include the couple’s first official visit to Orkney.   

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