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Picture this: You're rushing through London as you make your way back to the office after lunch on a typical Thursday afternoon. "Big Issue? Anyone a Big Issue?" you hear as you speed walk along the pavement, briefly looking up to catch a glimpse of someone in a red cap and vest that you're sure you know. "Big Issue?" the red-capped familiar face says again. Taking a second glance you notice it's Prince 'effin William.
If the above scenario sounds pretty ~out~ there, then you'll be surprised to hear that some Londoners experienced just that when they spotted an undercover Prince William out on the streets selling copies of the Big Issue yesterday.
For those who don't know, the Big Issue is a street newspaper sold by homeless people, long-term unemployed people and those who need money to avoid getting into debt. The organisation aims to "end poverty and homelessness in the UK", and vendors are given five free copies of the Big Issue which are then sold to the public for £3.
But, seeing Prince William supporting the charity shouldn't come as too much of a shock, given that he and his wife, Kate Middleton, are long-time supporters of charities and organisations fighting against homelessness – a cause that was close to the heart of Princess Diana, William's mum.
Speaking about their chance encounter, one passerby took to social media to say: "What an honour to have a private moment with our future King who was humble and working quietly in the background, helping the most needy."
The royal fan went on, "These 'silent gestures' often go unrecognised."
Elsewhere on social media, another person shared a selfie with the Duke of Cambridge wearing the iconic Big Issue uniform. "Hi I’m William, would you like to buy a copy of the Big Issue?" the royal fan – who is a taxi driver – wrote in the caption of the post.
"I was charging up my taxi on Rochester Row in Westminster when I was approached by a vendor who introduced himself as William and asked would I like to buy a copy of the Big Issue," the fan later told the BBC. "When I realised who it was, I was a bit shocked but of course said yes. He then introduced the other gentlemen with him and we had a lovely chat for 15 minutes about the charity and its work."
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