The Duke of Cambridge recalls time visiting homeless shelter with his mother Princess Diana
To mark his milestone 40th birthday, the Duke of Cambridge has penned a letter for The Big Issue, where he recalls visiting a homeless shelter with his mother Princess Diana.
Prince William - who is passionate about supporting the homeless in Britain, since his late mother would take him and his younger brother the Duke of Sussex to visit shelters - became a magazine seller for the day as he was pictured holding a stack of the publication's magazines, as well as a writer for the title.
The future king's letter read: "I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem."
He continued: "I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be a Big Issue vendor. My time was truly eye-opening.
"I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling.
"I plan to do that now I'm turning 40, even more than I have in the past. So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come. And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me."
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