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Prince William gives impassioned speech on homelessness

Last night, Prince William hosted the third annual Centrepoint Awards at Kensington Palace. The night honoured those who are working to find a end to homelessness.

After mingling with guests, the Duke of Cambridge, who is patron of Centrepoint spoke of his own frustrations of the homelessness problem.

“The courage these young people have shown in spite of the most difficult of circumstances is an example to us all. What they have achieved – jobs, university, independence – is a testament not only to their strength of character but also to the dedication of Centrepoint’s team,” Prince William said.

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“However, for me, tonight is one of sharply contrasting emotions. Soon Centrepoint will be 50 years old. I feel immense pride in all Centrepoint has accomplished in that time, but with it, disappointment and frustration – frustration that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk.”

William’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was previously a patron of the organisation and his cousin, Lady Kitty Spencer is an ambassador. Prince William has been patron since 2005.

As the Duke chatted with guests, he spoke with Raymond Stoner of Anston Properties telling him “Our third child is due in April, I’m getting as much sleep as I can.”

Stoner joked that twins could save time to which William replied: “Twins? I think my mental health would be tested with twins.”

Earlier in the day, Prince William surprised 250 Year 10 students at Burlington Dance Academy when he can Professor Green took to the stage during an assembly joining YouTube star Daniel Howell for the ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ campaign launched by The Royal Foundation.  

While talking to the pupils, the Duke admitted he worries “for you girls,” adding, “The touched-up pictures are not real. Don’t try to recreate them or think that’s what you’ve got to aim for. There’s a lot of fakeness online so don’t worry about that.”

 

 

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