Prince William has
revealed why he feels “extremely lucky” to be a royal in a special
edition of The Big Issue, ahead of his 40th birthday on Tuesday.
The father-of-three penned a
candid statement after stepping out in support of the homelessness charity
earlier this month.
The 39-year-old wrote: “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.
“It’s a privilege that
many of us, busy with our days, don’t always afford.
Prince William joined vendor Dave
“…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.
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
The update comes just one day
before the Prince turns 40, and 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.
Earlier this month, the
Prince was captured on Rochester Row, Victoria selling the Big Issue
alongside a regular vendor for the magazine, Dave Martin, 60.
The pair sold 32 copies of the
magazine in total, and William revealed that the experience was “truly eye-opening”.
After his stint selling
copies, the two men headed to The Passage, a charity of which William has been a
patron since 2019.
The Prince interviewed Dave
Last year, the Prince
made three surprise visits to homeless shelters, including The Passage, which
took to Twitter to confirm the royal arrival.
The charity shared an image of
the doting dad wearing a face mask and apron as he packed paper bags, and
social media users were quick to heap praise on the royal, posting a host of
supportive emojis on the tweet.
In 2020, William also vowed
to help a rough sleeper in 2020 after hearing that his friend accidentally
lost his false leg, as he visited The Beacon Project in Mansfield.
William chats to centre users at The Beacon Project
Ex-serviceman Delroy Carr, 58,
who had his right leg amputated above the knee after drug use 11 years ago, had
the Duke laughing as he told him how another centre user, Daniel Walker, lost
his prosthetic limb.
After hearing the story,
William told Mr Carr that he would personally ensure that his details reached
the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) for ex-service personnel.
William has also taken over as
the patron of Centrepoint Homeless Charity.