Prince William honours mum Diana with surprise lockdown visit to homeless charity

Prince William made a surprise lockdown visit to a homeless charity in London – 27 years after he first visited the centre with his late mother Princess Diana.

The Passage announced the Duke of Cambridge had visited their centre on three occasions before Christmas, where he helped pack and distribute food to the vulnerable.

William, 38, also spoke to homeless residents at the centre and worked alongside a team of other volunteers to prepare hot meals.

The meals were destined for those who had recently been moved from the streets into emergency hotel accommodation.

Both William and Harry were taken to The Passage as teenagers with their mother, Princess Diana, who was also an ambassador for the organisation.

William’s first visit was in 1993.

Mick Clarke, Chief Executive of the charity, said: “We were delighted to welcome our Royal Patron, The Duke of Cambridge, as a volunteer during the second lockdown, where he helped to prepare and deliver food parcels to our clients in our emergency and regular accommodation projects.

“Volunteers are, and always will be, the life blood of our organisation.”

Clarke continued: “This year, more than ever, our army of volunteers have enabled The Passage to keep our vital services running throughout both lockdowns and the time in-between.”

Prince William also spent time at two residential projects during his time volunteering for the charity, including the Passage House Assessment Centre and Montfort House.

Throughout the pandemic, The Passage has provided 70,000 meals for clients in emergency accommodation.

William and Kate have also donated their time to a number of charitable causes throughout the pandemic.

Together, the couple visited a food distribution centre in Manchester before Christmas to commend the support offered to vulnerable families.

They stopped off at FareShare at the New Smithfield Market on the final leg of their tour of the UK.

FareShare redistributes surplus food from food businesses to 11,000 charities and community groups across the UK – including school breakfast clubs, community centres, homeless shelters and food banks.

At Christmas, in a sombre message to the nation, they hoped for a better 2021 and acknowledged those who would spend the festive period alone, ill, grieving or working on the frontline.

Their message said: “This Christmas our thoughts are with those of you who are spending today alone, those of you who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and those of you on the frontline who are still mustering the energy to put your own lives on hold to look after the rest of us.”

The Cambridges spent Christmas Day apart from the rest of the royal family this year, in keeping with the UK’s coronavirus restrictions.