Prince William: BBC presenters discuss Cambridge’s Father’s Day photo
Kate and Prince William’s official Twitter account, Kensington Royal, shared the cover of the latest issue of Big Issue, which features the Duke of Cambridge. The cover features the second in line to the throne posing for a photo with Dave Martin, an official seller of the magazine.
William poses with his arm around Mr Martin’s shoulder, wearing the red vest worn by all salespeople for the magazine, which was founded in the 1990s to help bring legitimate income to people affected by homelessness or extreme poverty earn and improve their income situation.
The latest issue of the weekly magazine features a conversation between the Duke and Lord Martin, as well as an op-ed by the King himself.
In the editorial, William recalls his first visit to a homeless shelter, which he did with his mother, Princess Diana, who wanted to spotlight homelessness “in her own inimitable style.”
He then recalled the hour he was spending earlier this month with Mr Martin on the streets of central London selling issues of the magazine when the pair were spotted by some Londoners who asked the Duke for a photograph.
Prince William plans to take his children to organizations close to his heart
Prince William speaks to Dave Martin
The picture shared by Kensington Palace to celebrate Father’s Day
After urging passers-by not to ignore Big Issue vendors as buying copies of the magazine can help vendors, the Duke pledged to continue supporting organizations fighting homelessness as he prepares for his 40th birthday.
He wrote in this week’s Big Issue: “And while I may seem like one of the most unlikely proponents of this cause, I’ve always believed in using my platform to tell these stories and create awareness and action for those who are fighting.
“I’m planning that now that I’m turning 40 even more than I have in the past.”
And he said he plans to include his children in his work as well, just as Princess Diana did with him and Prince Harry in the 1990s.
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Prince William and Dave Martin are selling copies of Big Issue earlier this month
Prince William on a visit to The Passage
He said: “And in the years to come, I hope to make George, Charlotte and Louis see the amazing organizations doing the inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me.”
Prince William’s appearance on the cover of the magazine caused a stir among royal fans.
One, @quellanuova, tweeted: “What a wonderful idea!!!! Thank you for all your charity work.”
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Another Cambridges fan, named mrc, said: “Such a wonderful thing and it has certainly raised awareness of what the big problem is and who benefits from it!”
A third, nicknamed p0rkatsu, added: “I think the public has seen a compassionate, ordinary guy with a royal title. Prince William is beaming.”
Finally, Anna Barbauld wrote, “Both Diana and Charles made William do his best.”
As he himself noted in his commentary, the Duke of Cambridge turns 40 on Tuesday.
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While it’s not yet known how he will publicly celebrate the milestone birthday, Kensington Palace celebrated his role as a father on Saturday night when it posted a picture of the Duke surrounded by his smiling children George, Charlotte and Louis.
The snap was taken during the Cambridges’ holiday in Jordan last October.
It shows William putting his arms around George and Charlotte, who is looking excitedly at something in front of them.
Four-year-old Prince Louis also sits laughing on his father’s shoulders.
Prince Louis turned four in April
Other royal households celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace shared a 1946 image on Twitter of then-Princess Elizabeth having an amiable conversation with her father, King George VI.
And Clarence House shared three pictures on the social media platform – one shows Prince Charles and Prince Philip, a second with the Duchess of Cornwall and her father Bruce Shand and a third with the Prince of Wales surrounded by Harry and William, during a break-in Scotland.