Sweet moment Prince William tells Big Issue seller ‘let me get you some money for this’ as he visits Pret in Bournemouth during visit to end homelessness
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This is the sweet moment Prince William told a Big Issue seller ‘let me get you some money’ while on a visit to Pret A Manger in Bournemouth.
The Prince of Wales, 41, was visiting the cafe to chat to staff and bosses as part of his major campaign to end homelessness.
After making drinks and walking out and meeting members of the public, the future king was given a copy of the Big Issue.
‘What’s this?’ asked the father-of-three, before realising it was the magazine.
‘Ah, the Big Issue? Are you selling it outside?’ he asked the seller, before adding ‘Let me get you some money for this,’ and gesturing to an aid.
The Prince of Wales, 41, was visiting the cafe to chat to staff and bosses as part of his major campaign to end homelessness .
After making drinks and walking out and meeting members of the public, the future king was given a copy of the Big Issue
Moments after he was distracted by England football legend Paul Gascoigne.
William and Gascoigne were filmed greeting each other among an excited crowd inside the outlet, with Gascoigne saying that he lived in nearby Sandbanks and was feeling ‘a lot better, getting there’ after his long battle with alcohol addiction.
Gascoigne – who kissed the hand of William’s mother Princess Diana at the 1991 FA Cup final – beamed throughout the chat and seemed delighted to meet the Prince.
Earlier, William had been given his own name badge as was seen laughing and joking with staff as he visited the Pret and had a go at making sandwiches for customers.
He joined Pret staff to learn about a scheme helping 500 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness into jobs at the chain’s UK outlets over the next half a decade.
The heir has previously worked with the Big Issue, last year going undercover as a Big Issuer seller.
William, who has followed in his late mother Princess Diana’s footsteps in supporting a number of homelessness charities, happily posed for photographs with members of the public.
Among those grabbing a selfie was cabbie Neil Kramer, from east London, who was charging up his electric vehicle when he was approached by the future king.
He joined Pret staff to learn about a scheme helping 500 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness into jobs at the chain’s UK outlets over the next half a decade
The heir has previously worked with the Big Issue, last year going undercover as a Big Issuer seller
Speaking to FEMAIL, Neil said he ‘pinched himself’ after speaking to the Duke, who ‘never forgot his name’.
The Big Issue is a magazine designed to give a helping hand to homeless people. William is an avid supporter of schemes and organisations that support the homeless, as was his late mother.
The prince is patron of Centrepoint homeless charity and in 2020 revealed that he talks to his older children Prince George, now eight, and Princess Charlotte, now seven, about the issue of homelessness.
Speaking to Mary Berry for her Christmas special A Berry Royal Christmas, he said: ‘On the school run already, bear in mind they’re six and four, whenever we see anyone who is sleeping rough on the streets, I talk about it and I point it out and I explain why and they’re all very interested. They’re like: “Why can’t they go home?”‘
In 2019, the duke became the patron of The Passage, an organisation established in 1980 which has gone on to help more than 135,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services.
Among those grabbing a selfie was cabbie Neil Kramer (left), from east London, who was charging up his electric vehicle when he was approached by the future king. They are pictured with another Big Issue sller
Prince William happily posed for photos and took selfies with tourists who spotted him on the street as his cover was blown
He also appeared on the cover of the magazine, where he said he hopes to introduce his three children the ‘fantastic’ homelessness organisations he works with – ‘just as my mother did for me’ – when posing for a special edition of The Big Issue to mark his 40th birthday.
He also recalled how his interest in the issue of homelessness started aged 11, when he first visited a homeless shelter with his mother, the Princess of Wales. He added that Diana, ‘in her own inimitable style, was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem’.
The magazine, sold by people in order to lift themselves out of poverty, also includes an interview between William and Dave Martin, 60, the Big Issue vendor he joined to sell the magazine
William arrived in Bournemouth by train on the eve of the anniversary of the Queen’s death. He was filmed walking along the station platform next to a South Western Railway service, in a video posted on social media by Kensington Palace.
The Prince will meet representatives from eight national and local firms to hear about their support for his five-year Homewards project to end homelessness.
William will also visit Bournemouth AFC for a pitch-side conversation with club staff about work supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable adults to live independently.
It comes on the day William’s brother Prince Harry will fly 5,461 miles from California to London to attend the WellChild Awards tonight – before heading off to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games on Saturday. The siblings are not expected to see each other.
Their late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8 last year aged 96 after reigning for 70 years
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