Prince William’s experience “really opens his eyes” in selling the big edition on the eve of his 40th birthday

Prince William, who has long been involved in supporting homeless charities, wrote an article and gave an interview to the Big Issue, where he vowed to continue to shed light on the issue of homelessness.

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William swears he will continue to ‘shine’ on homelessness

Prince William shocked passersby when he recently spotted in the sale of The Big Issue in a busy London street.

And on the eve of his 40th birthday tomorrow, wrote an article and gave an interview for the publication, which is sold by those affected by homelessness, promising to continue to shed light on the problem.

In the latest issue of the magazine, William, who has long been involved in supporting charities that help the homeless, talks about why he refuses to “believe that homelessness is an irrevocable fact of life.”

He talks about his mother, the deceased Princess Dianaand how his interest in solving the problem of homelessness came when he first visited a homeless shelter with her at the age of 11.







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He writes: “I was 11 years old when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her unique style was determined to shed light on a neglected, misunderstood problem.”

And he adds that just like his mother, intends to introduce his childrenPrince George, Princess Charlotte i Prince Louis – for charitable purposes in the future.

He explains: “Although I may seem like one of the most incredible proponents of this goal, I have always believed that I am using my platform to help tell those stories and draw attention and action to those who are fighting.







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“I consider myself extremely happy to have a role that allows me to meet people from all walks of life and understand their full story – whatever it may be. It is a privilege that many of us, busy with our days, do not always afford.

“In the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see fantastic organizations doing inspiring work to support those who need it most – just as my mother did for me.”







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One of the homeless organizations William was heavily involved with is Centrepoint, a charity that helps young homeless people.

He has been a patron of the charity since 2005, and according to the allegations Daily mailup to half a dozen secret visits to Centrpoint-run accommodation services each year.

And charity chief executive Seyi Obakin told the publication that on one occasion William spent a whole week working for the charity – he even called the benefits office in an attempt to help one young person.







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He said: “On one occasion he spent a week with us, showed up and was introduced as a locum staff. He even contacted the benefits office on behalf of a young person. It was an education for him!

‘When someone told him he looked like someone he knew, William just smiled and replied,’ I’ve heard people say that, but don’t believe it! ‘ And then he continued to work, he was so modest, he just showed up and did his thing, that only the manager knew who he was.

“The measure of who he is is that by the time he got married he had developed such a good relationship with that particular manager that he invited them to his wedding.”







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Earlier this month, William tried to get under the radar by selling The Big Issue on the streets of London with fellow vendor Dave Martin.

Wearing a red vest vest and a baseball cap and official accreditation on his chest, the Duke joined Mr. Martin, who volunteered to show William the ropes, in front of Sainsbury’s Local in Victoria, a 10-minute walk from Buckingham Palace.

News of the famous Big Issue salesman soon spread by word of mouth and an order was formed in which people were eager to meet the future king. But they had to buy a magazine and 32 copies, which his guide would usually take a week to sell, they picked up in less than an hour.







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He describes his time with salesman Dave Martin as “opening his eyes” and says he was recognized by those who stopped to buy the magazine, which allows the homeless to earn an income by selling the publication.

William reveals, “I wanted to experience the other side and see what it’s like to be a major retailer. Time really opened my eyes. I was lucky to join Dave one warm, sunny day in June. People recognized the familiar face and were happy to given the time of day. But that is not the case with the vast majority of vendors of large editions … “

Meanwhile, in a question and answer session in the latest issue of the magazine, William suggests momentum to fight homelessnessspurred by the Everyone In initiative, in which sleepers were roughly relocated to housing at the start of the pandemic, he may have been lost – but remained optimistic.

He tells Mr. Martin, 60, a major retailer for 11 years: “I felt like my birthday was a good opportunity. I wanted to make sure we were emphasizing something that was important to me.

“Against the background of Everyone In, it began to feel that in fact this issue is not as big to entertain as we think. But it seems to have returned to what it was before the pandemic.

“We can fix it. It is possible – I never want to say to end homelessness completely, because something different can happen to someone every day – but more than we did. “

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