Prince William pays tribute to Diana as he plans to follow in footsteps with his children

Prince William: Myers on Diana's involvement with homelessness

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The Duke of Cambridge described how he was just 11 when he first visited a homeless shelter with his mother. William made the comments as he wrote for Big Issue to highlight homelessness for his 40th birthday tomorrow.

The Duke said Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, wanted to “shine a light” on the issue.

William said: “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.

“In the 30-odd years since, I’ve seen countless projects in this space grow from strength to strength, including charities of which I have had the honour of being patron.”

William added that as he turns 40 he is more determined than ever to raise awareness of homelessness.

He also revealed he plans to show his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis the work of charities like Diana did with him.

William said: “And 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.

“I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past. 

“So, for my part, 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. 

“And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me. 

“As she instinctively knew, and as I continue to try and highlight, the first step to fixing a problem is for everyone to see it for what it truly is.”

William’s comments come after he stepped out on the streets of London earlier this month to sell copies of the Big Issue.

The future King stunned onlookers in an official Big Issue red baseball cap and tabard.

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William joined vendor Dave Martin, 60, to sell the magazine before they visited The Passage.

Diana previously took her sons William and Prince Harry to the homelessness charity.

The Duke’s low-key appearance in central London came just days after the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Big Issue was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of the capital.

It offers people in need the chance to earn an income by selling the magazine to the public.

William has worked to raise awareness of homelessness over the years.

He is patron of The Passage and Centrepoint, a national charity providing accommodation and support for socially excluded, homeless young people.

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