Prince William issued a
special rule to royal fans after being caught selling copies of The
Big Issue earlier this month on the streets of London.
As passersby approached
the father-of-three, who donned the bright red vest and cap worn by regular
vendors for his shift, the Prince had a special request for those eager to take
a quick snap.
The Big Issue reported that
“lots of people want to shake hands, snap a selfie and have a chat, which
William allows – only if they buy a magazine, of course”.
The 39-year-old’s temporary
role selling the publication came just before the release of a special edition
of the magazine which was published ahead of his 40th birthday on Tuesday.
The special edition was released the day before William’s 40th birthday
The Prince made headlines
after he paired up with the regular vendor, Dave Martin, 60, to sell copies of the
publication on Rochester Row, Victoria.
The duo sold 32 copies of the
magazine in total, and William revealed that the experience was “truly eye-opening” and made him feel “extremely lucky” to be a royal.
He exclusively told The
Big Issue: “I count myself extremely lucky to have a role that allows me
to meet people from all walks of life, and to understand their full story –
whatever it may be.
William sold copies to the public
“It’s a privilege that
many of us, busy with our days, don’t always afford.
“…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. “
In the piece, William also
paid homage to his mother Princess Diana, who he praised for encouraging him to
help those in need, and pledged to do the same for his children, Prince George,
Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The Prince teamed up with long-standing seller Dave
He added: “I hope to
bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organizations doing
inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for
After his stint selling
copies, the two men headed to The Passage, a charity of which William has been a
patron of since 2019.
Despite referring to himself
as an “unlikely advocate” for the cause, William said he felt it was
more important than ever before to show his support for such an important