Prince William made THREE secret visits to a homeless center in London before Christmas where he helped pack groceries and chatted with residents
- Prince William visited The Passage three times in December
- The Duke first visited the homeless center in 1993 with his mother Princess Diana
- William worked with a team of volunteers to prepare hot meals for residents
- The king also spoke to homeless residents about their recent experiences
Prince William made three secret visits to a homeless center in London before Christmas, where he helped pack groceries and talked to residents.
The Duke of Cambridge, 38, visited The Passage as a young child in 1993 with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and has visited many times since then, both publicly and privately.
During his December visits, the king worked with a team of volunteers to prepare hot meals for those who had been taken from the street to an emergency shelter.
The father of three, who previously revealed the “deep and lasting impression” the charity had on him over the years, also spoke to those affected by homelessness about their experiences.
Prince William volunteered three times before Christmas with the homeless charity The Passage
William attended the charity's Resource Center in Westminster, where he prepared and served meals.
He also spent time on two residential projects – the Passage House Assessment Center in Pimlico and the Montfort House in Bethnal Green, which caters to customers with complex needs – where he dished out food and chatted with residents.
The pandemic was a difficult time for the center; He managed to serve 70,000 meals during the two national lockouts, and he hopes Williams visits will serve as a much-needed publicity boost.
Passage chief Mick Clarke said of the visit: “This year, our volunteer army has enabled The Passage, more than ever, to maintain our vital services both during curfew and in between.
A touching photo from a visit to the center in 1993 shows a young Prince William and Prince Harry posing with their mother, Princess Diana, and a resident
A second picture shared by Kensington Palace shows William's signature next to Princess Diana's in the December 1993 guest book entry
"We are very fortunate to have such a diverse and dedicated group of supporters, from our emergency food hub to fundraising, reaching out to critical office support, our Home for Good program to our housing projects."
At the passage in 2016, the Duke revealed the profound impact the center had on him.
"The visits that I made to this place as a child made a deep and lasting impression on me," he said.
"How important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, is treated with respect, dignity and kindness and is given the opportunity to realize their full potential."
The Duke of Cambridge in a light-hearted moment at The Passage last year while making carrots in the center's London kitchen
A touching photo taken in 1993 shows a young Prince William and Prince Harry posing with their mother during a visit to the center.
A second image shared by Kensington Palace shows William's signature alongside Princess Diana's in this December's guest book entry.
William has become the figurehead of The Passage, an organization that has helped more than 130,000 people in crisis for nearly 40 years through its resource center, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last visited the center publicly in February, when William rolled up his shirt sleeves to prepare lunch by chopping vegetables.
The Duke and Duchess visited The Passage in December 2018, where they heard from frontline workers about some of the challenges related to homelessness on the street, including drug addiction and mental health issues
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, 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 the Duke is determined to work with those most in need, like the thousands of people The Passage has helped off the road."
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the center in December 2018 as part of a special BBC Christmas program with cooking legend Mary Berry.