Prince William spotted selling the Big Issue on streets of London

Prince William spotted selling the Big Issue on streets of London

06/09/2022

Prince William has been spotted selling the Big Issue on the streets of London.

On Thursday, retired Met Police chief superintendent Matthew Gardner took to his Linkedin account to share a snap of the 39 year old royal on his charitable endeavours on Rochester Row in Westminster.

He revealed that his brother-in-law took a photo of William, who said he had an "incredible" time over the Jubilee weekend, from across the street after thinking he was a celebrity.

Matthew added that when William realised his picture had been taken, he crossed the street and spoke to his brother-in-law while clad in the Bid Issue uniform of a red gilet and baseball cap.


Speaking about the royal interaction, Matthew said: "My brother-in-law was in London today and saw a celebrity, so he took a photo at a distance.

"The celebrity saw the 'covert surveillance' effort and crossed the road to investigate further.

"What an honour to have a private moment with our future king who was humble and working quietly in the background, helping the most needy.

"These 'silent gestures' often go unrecognised."

He also added that Prince William ensured that his brother-in-law didn't leave without purchasing the magazine.

"The finale to this unique occasion was when Prince William asked my brother-in-law If he wanted to buy the Big Issue, to which he replied, 'I have no change.

"At this point, William produced a mobile card machine… you cannot teach that! Priceless, or should I say 'princely'," he concluded.

The Big Issue is usually sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people and those who need some money to avoid getting into debt, the magazine says.

Vendors receive five free magazines each, and they are sold to the public for £3, while additional copies are purchased for £1.50

William is known for his charitable endeavours alongside his wife Kate Middleton, and he has inspired by his late mother Princess Diana to get involved in charities dedicated to homelessness.

In 2014 he visited the homeless charity Centrepoint, and four years later visited The Passage homeless centre in Westminister, London.

Meanwhile, it has been a busy time for William lately, as he was seen celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with Kate and their three children.

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