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William shares clip selling Big Issue and says homelessness a ‘solvable issue’
June 20, 2022
A day before his 40th birthday, Prince William has shared footage of him selling the Big Issue as he says that homelessness is a "solvable issue".
The Duke of Cambridge said he has "always believed" in helping to "bring attention and action" to those facing homelessness.
William, second in line to the British throne, was spotted in early June standing on a Westminster Street as a vendor for the magazine sold by homeless people as a way of earning money.
"I have always believed in using my platform to help bring attention and action to those who are struggling and I commit to doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come," a message on The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Twitter read.
A follow up message read: I was eleven when I first visited @PassageCharity with my mother and since then, homelessness has stuck with me as an issue I want to fight for."
The Passage provides services that prevent and end homelessness, including the running of the UK's largest Resource Centre, and offering outreach services and accommodation.
"I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem," William wrote in the magazine's latest issue dated Monday.
Charity Crisis estimated that 227,000 British households experienced homelessness during 2021, Reuters reported.
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"While I may seem like one of the most unlikely advocates for this cause, I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling," William wrote.
"…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."
Some people agreed that William seemed like an "unlikely advocate". Responding to his tweet, one person wrote: "How about turn a few of those palaces and country retreats in to homeless shelters; how many 'homes' can one family use at any one time?"
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Another person challenged William to lobby the government, while another added: "Oh please! Another 5 minute photo op to enhance his image as a social activist and then he climbs back in his limo and goes back to his luxurious residence.
"Don't make me laugh."
However, the overall response was overwhelmingly positive with many people saying that William will make a great king.
"Your involvement is very remarkable and for sure very helpful for the cause of homeless issue! Your mum would be so damn proud of you!" wrote one person.