Prince William made three secret visits to a homeless London center before Christmas, where he helped residents pack food and chat
- Prince William visited The Passage on three separate occasions in December
- Duke visited the homeless center for the first time in 1993 with his mother Princess Diana
- William worked with a team of volunteers to prepare hot food for the residents
- Shahi also spoke about her recent experiences with homeless residents
Prince William made three secret visits to a homeless center in London before Christmas, where he helped pack food and interact with residents.
The 38-year-old Duke of Cambridge first traveled as a young child in 1993 with his mother Diana, Princess Diana of Wales, and has visited him publicly and private several times since.
During his December visits, Shahi teamed up with a team of volunteers to prepare a hot meal for those who were moved to the streets and to emergency accommodation.
The father-of-three, who previously revealed what his ‘deep and lasting impression’ has been on Dan over the years, also spoke to homeless people about his experiences.
Prince William is voluntarily featured in The Passage Homeless Charity in a ‘private capacity’ in December. Duke helped on three different occasions before Christmas
William visited the charity’s resource center in Westminster, where he made and served food.
He also spent time at two residential projects – Passage House Assessment Center in Pemico, and Montfort House in Bethnal Green, which caters to the complex needs of customers – where he desires food and interacts with residents.
The epidemic has been a difficult period for the center; The duo managed to serve 70,000 meals during the national lockdown and it is expected that William’s visit will serve as a much-needed publicity.
Passage chief executive Mick Clarke said of the visit: ‘This year, more than ever, our army of volunteers has enabled The Passage to keep our vital services running between the lockdown and the entire time.
A touching picture from a visit to the center in 1993 presents a young Prince William and Prince Harry with their mother, Princess Diana, and a resident
The second image shared by Kensington Palace shows William’s signature next to Princess Diana in the visitor’s book entry from December 1993
‘Fundraising from our emergency food center, outreach for essential office assistance, our home for good programs for our residential projects, we are extremely fortunate to have such a multifaceted and supportive group.’
Speaking at The Passage in 2016, Duke revealed that the center had a profound influence on him.
He said, “The trips I took to this place as a child left a deep and lasting impression on me.”
‘How important it is to ensure that in our society, especially the poorest, all are treated with respect, respect and kindness, and are given opportunities to fulfill their potential in life.’
A lighthearted moment at The Passage last year at The Passage, when he prepared carrots in the kitchen of Centro London
A touching photo of 1993 presents a young Prince William and Prince Harry with their mother during a visit to the center.
A second image shared by Kensington Palace shows William’s signature next to Princess Diana in the visitor’s book entry from that December.
William has become an organization of The Passage, which has helped more than 130,000 people in crisis in nearly 40 years through its resource center, homeless prevention projects and innovative housing services.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a public visit to the center in February, where William cut the vegetables off his shirt sleeves to help prepare lunch.
The Duke and Duchess traveled to The Passage in December 2018, where they heard from frontline activists about some challenges related to homelessness on the street, including intoxication and mental health issues
Cardinal Vincent Nicholls, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and patron of The Passage, welcomed the announcement ahead of the Duke’s visit.
He said: ‘I know that Duke is committed to working with those most needy people, like thousands of people who have helped the Passage hit the streets.’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the center in December 2018 as part of a special BBC program with cookery legend Mary Berry.