It’s recently been revealed that Prince William quietly volunteered at one of Princess Diana‘s favorite charities over the holiday season.
The Passage in London was eagerly supported by Princess Diana. It was common for Diana to bring her boys along with her when she did volunteer work with homeless shelters. She wanted her sons to know their people and the struggles that they faced.
In November, Prince William was seen at The Passage Resource Centre multiple times helping other volunteers to cook and deliver hot meals to homeless that have been moved into emergency hotel accommodations.
The Passage’s chief executive Mick Clarke told media, “We are 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.”
After almost a year of fighting the pandemic, the rise in unemployment, especially for the hospitality industry in London, is undeniable. People need help and The Passage is doing everything in their power to keep up with the need.
“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,” Clarke explains.
“From our emergency food hub to fundraising, outreach to essential office support, our Home for Good program to our residential projects, we are extremely fortunate to have such a versatile and committed group of supporters.”
Prince William first visited a Passage facility in 1993 with Princess Diana and is now a patron carrying on his mother’s legacy… “The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me… about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunity to fulfill their potential in life,” Prince William said in 2016.
In February of 2020, The Passage celebrated 40 years of feeding the homeless with the release of a cookbook, A Taste of Home. The Duke of Cambridge wrote the forward.
The Passage is forever grateful for Prince William and people like him. “Volunteers are, and always will be, the lifeblood of our organization,” Clarke insists.