Phone films disconcerting – Andrew

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Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Duke of York has revealed that he does not mind selfies but finds people filming him on smartphones and tablets “disconcerting”.

In an interview with BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Andrew described the experience as the “new reality”.

He was speaking to promote iDEA – his new digital enterprise award which aims to help thousands of young people develop the skills they need to turn their ideas into businesses.

Working with Nominet Trust, Andrew teamed up with singer will.i.am to start the initiative in March. Some 1,000 young people have taken part in the pilot and the scheme has now launched nationwide for 14 to 25-years-olds.

The three winners of the iDEA pilot will be unveiled at Buckingham Palace later today and each presented with £15,000 and offered industry support to help transform their concepts into successful businesses.

The Duke, said to be the most tech-savvy of the Windsors, was the first member of the Royal Family to take and publish his own selfie, after tweeting one at a Pitch@Palace event in April. He was also the first royal to join Twitter under his own name.

The Queen has also reportedly said she finds it strange to be greeted by a sea of mobile phones. US ambassador Matthew Barzun told Tatler magazine in October that the monarch essentially told him she missed eyed contact.

Asked whether he minded people trying to take selfies, the Duke told Newsbeat: “I’m not so fussed about the selfie problem.

“What is interesting though now is that one finds that if you’re walking along a crowd of people, you’re faced with an iPad, not a face, or an iPhone, who are filming you.

“But it’s a live event. Why do you need to film the live event? So if you want to engage with somebody … and you’re walking along, you’ve got a phone up in front of you … with an iPad it’s even worse.

“They follow you around. It’s disconcerting, not rude or anything, it’s just disconcerting … that this is the new reality.”

He said of his Twitter account: “We’re engaging in a way that is in keeping with the 21st century and if that means using and applying social media and other devices, then we’re going to do it. We’re going to be the same as everybody else.”

The Duke admitted that will.i.am featured on his playlist before they met thanks to his youngest daughter Princess Eugenie.

Andrew said his iDEA scheme was designed to “upskill” young people ready for the 21st century.

“In the next 10 to 15 years, the young people of this country, they’re going to have to need to use the digital universe in their job or in their business, whatever they choose to do,” the Duke said.

Over the next five years, iDEA aims to support more than a million young people to pursue their own ideas, develop their digital skills and get to grips with the reality of business.

Published: Wednesday 15th October 2014 by The News Editor

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