KATE Middleton and Prince William were pictured with a mystery figure smoking a massive spliff during a joint appearance in Blackpool.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by the unexpected guest while visiting a slum street where rundown properties are being transformed into safe, family homes.
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During their visit to Kirby Road, the couple met with Christina Jackson, 59, who showed them round her renovated pad.
But she forgot to hide an ornament of a Rasta smoking a huge cannabis joint which was perched on her shelf.
Kate told her: “Thank you for having us.”
Wills looked at the media following them and said: “I hope they wiped their feet.”
The royal couple learned first-hand how some families in Blackpool have been living in deprived housing — and how the seaside town is working to flip the situation.
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They were taken to Kirby Road where Blackpool Housing Company has bought several dilapidated homes.
The properties are being transformed from graffiti-covered and mouldy homes to safe, family homes available to rent.
One side of Kirby Road has been fully renovated while the opposite side remains dilapidated, ready to be done up in the next phase.
The Duke and Duchess couldn’t contain their horror as they were shown around one house with rotting floorboards and water dripping through the living room ceiling.
As they walked on planks covering the floor, they were told how a family with young kids had lived there when it was owned by a private landlord.
The graffiti-covered pad has now been bought by Blackpool council for £40,000 — along with others in Kirby Road.
Kirby Road is also where 16-year-old Sasha Marsden was stabbed 58 times and her body set alight in 2013.
Her murderer David Minto – then aged 23 – butchered the schoolgirl in a “sexually motivated” stabbing frenzy that saw her knifed 58 times.
The monster then wrapped her body in a bin liner and carpet underlay before dumping her in an alley next to the home, which was once known as the Grafton House Hotel.
Sasha’s injuries were so severe she had to be identified by DNA from her toothbrush.
Kate and William were shown around the house of horrors, which has been bought by the Blackpool Housing Company.
Kate earlier didn’t let the rain dampen her spirits as she revealed she wants to take kids George, Charlotte and Louis on a seaside holiday to Blackpool.
The Duchess of Cambridge was all smiles as she and Prince William visited the coastal town – channelling Mary Poppins with a giant umbrella to stay dry.
And the mum-of-three made sure to stand out against the grey weather by donning a green £940 Sportmax coat and £225 Michael Kors dress with matching £435 Manu Atelier bag during the visit to Blackpool.
Leaving the kids at home, she and Prince William, 36, seemed in good spirits as they arrived on the Comedy Carpet that is decorated with comedians’ catchphrases and jokes.
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But the 37-year-old mum told wellwishers outside the Blackpool Tower she hoped to bring her children – Prince George, five, Princess Charlotte, three, and Prince Louis, ten-months, to the resort town.
She joked: “Is the weather always like this?”
And she said she was disappointed not to go up the famous tower, adding: “Next time, I think. There’s so much here the children would love as well. Hopefully next time we’ll bring them back.”
The British seaside institution is known for the Blackpool Pleasure Beach, an amusement park built in 1894 with vintage wooden roller coasters.
And the mum – who last week admitted she was “broody” – seemed delighted as she chatted to local children and was presented with flowers today.
Once inside the iconic tower, Kate and William briefly stopped at a giant mirror unveiled by the Princess of Wales in July 1992 to mark the opening of Tower World.
The royal couple were also met by local dignitaries including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool, Gary and Debbie Coleman, as learnt about the town’s investment and regeneration projects.
To make them feel welcome, the Blackpool tourist board even gifted the couple “I love Blackpool” shirts for the whole family.
As one little girl shouted “Hello princess”, Kate waved and smiled.
And a laughing Prince William was even gifted with a paper crown by local kids.
There’s so much here the children would love
The couple were then treated to a brief glimpse of the world-famous Tower Ballroom which is open to the public daily.
From their balcony view they watched dancers go through their strides in a waltz to I Shall See You Later, played on the Wurlitzer by Chris Hopkins.
Children from Happy Tots nursery in North Shore, Blackpool, welcomed them with gifts of Blackpool rock and posies of flowers. William said his children would appreciate the rock.
When he asked them what flavour the rock was, the children replied: “Blackpool.”
Nursery manager and owner Julie Bryan said: “The children have been busy all week making flags and crowns. We also made a poster of photographs of William and Kate, together with pictures of the children, which we presented to them.
“It was an amazing experience for everyone here and it is such a privilege to be part of it.”
They also presented a paper crown and garland to William.
The Royal Family is busy with engagements today, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attending the WE Day charity event in London.
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And Prince Harry sent the crowd into a frenzy as he brought his wife Meghan Markle onto stage.
The couple hugged and stood with their arms around one another as the duke told the crowd: “I am with you and we are with you. Get to work.”
Rumours of a rift between Kate and Meghan were yesterday put to bed as the couple were filmed giggling during a Buckingham Palace reception.
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