Prince William latest: Duke emerges from lockdown for heartbreaking cause

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Prince William latest: Duke emerges from lockdown for heartbreaking cause

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been making appearances to charities via video calls during Britain’s lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been making appearances to charities via video calls during Britain’s lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued the stay at home order on March 23, and has since begun easing the restrictions. William is a well known patron of Centrepoint and The Passage, both charities for rough sleepers, and has been outspoken on homelessness throughout his life.

The Kensington Palace Instagram account shared pictures of William’s visit to homeless support groups in Peterborough.

The account shared a series of images of the Duke of Cambridge talking to members of the Light Project, which tackles homelessness in the city.

The Instagram account said William visited the Peterborough charity “to see first-hand how a partnership of voluntary, faith, community and public service organisations have worked together during the pandemic to support those experiencing homelessness.”

It added: “The Duke heard from members of Peterborough’s ‘Safer off the Streets’ partnership—including representatives from housing associations—about this unique moment to help so many people move from temporary accommodation into longer term housing.”

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In March, the Government launched the Everyone In campaign to house thousands of homeless Britons throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

When meeting the Light Project members, William urged the UK to be a “bit bold and a bit brave” and take the opportunity to rehouse rough sleepers permanently.

He said: “I’m really hoping – I mean this pandemic has been truly horrendous for everyone – I’m really hoping that the slivers of positivity and the slivers of goodness that might come out of this is in the homelessness side of things…

“You’ll never have a better chance nationally to crack homelessness and do something properly.”

While talking to the Light Project, William also shared a light hearted joke about his weight.

Gary Griffiths, a lead roofer who worked on Windsor Castle after the 1992 fire, was in attendance for William’s visit, and described his “nightmare” experience of living in his truck for six weeks.

Mr Griffiths shattered the tension at the meet, and said to William: “Excuse me sir, have you lost weight?”

William laughed in reply, and said: “I’m worried now where you’re looking at, do I look like I’ve lost weight?

“Around the jowls maybe, have lost a bit of weight up here, around the chin?”

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William has been a patron of Centrepoint, a homelessness charity aiming to support young people, since 2005.

He slept rough in 2009 on the streets of London in support of the charity, and said to the Telegraph: “My mother introduced that sort of area to me a long time ago.

“It was a real eye-opener and I am very glad she did.

“It has been something I have held close to me for a long time.”

Last year, he also became a patron of the The Passage, another charity that supports rough sleepers.

In the programme A Berry Royal Christmas from 2019, William spoke about his first visit to the organisation with Princess Diana.

He said: “It was one of the first places I came to actually.

“I must have been between eight and 10, something like that.

“It had a profound impact on me.

“My mother knew what she was doing with it.

“She realised that it was very important when you grow up – especially in the life that we grew up – that you realise that life happens beyond palace walls, and that you see real people struggling with real issues.”



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