The Duke of Cambridge recalls time visiting homeless shelter with his mother Princess Diana

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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."

Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images

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.

Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images

"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."

Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: Princess Diana Archive - Getty Images

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