Prince William honours Diana by surprising homeless charity during lockdown

Prince William visited a homeless charity as a surprise during lockdown, 27 years after he first visited the centre with Princess Diana.

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

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

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

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

William's first visit was back 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."

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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."

The prince also spent time at two residential projects while volunteering for the charity, including Montfort House and the Passage House Assessment Centre.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has provided 70,000 meals for clients in emergency accommodation.

Kate Middleton and Prince William have also spent time with a number of charitable causes since the pandemic began last year.

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

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."

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