Just weeks after he was spotted helping the homeless on the streets of London, Prince William is opening up about what made him go incognito.
The Duke of Cambridge kept a low profile while selling copies of British magazine “The Big Issue,” known for supporting the homeless and those struggling financially.
The father-of-three, 40, was spotted donning a red vest and a hat to match as he sold magazines to confused passersby on the street.
Calling the experience “eye-opening,” William vowed to continue playing his part in helping those who need it most.
In light of the duke’s 40th birthday, the royal has written exclusively for the magazine about his day out on the streets of London.
“I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be a Big Issue vendor. My time was truly eye-opening,” he wrote.
William’s time selling issues of the magazines to confused passersby saw him spend an hour with Dave Martin, a Big Issue vendor.
The duke sat down with Martin, who interviewed him for the latest edition. The two are also the cover stars of the magazine’s special edition.
"Today was quiet to begin with and then all of a sudden, it’s like crazy," said Dave.— The Big Issue (@BigIssue) June 20, 2022
Some people couldn't help getting a selfie or two as well as a copy of the magazine.
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Martin told the Duke of Cambridge about his job selling the magazine, saying, “It got me off the street. Gave me respect. I was begging at the time. Another vendor said I could be doing something a lot better and took me along to the Big Issue office.”
William went on to remember how the late Princess Diana famously took him to a homeless shelter when he was 11, which clearly instilled values the royal carried ever since.
“People who are homeless can’t rebuild their life without a number of things. And one of those things is respect and self-respect,” he wrote.
“I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling. I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past.”
William said he is committed to “continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue.”