Instead of being king for a day, Prince William became homeless for a night. The English heartthrob announced that he became a man of the people when he spent a freezing night under a bridge in a Central London alley last week in hopes of bringing awareness to the plight of the city’s homeless teens.
“I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets,” the 27-year-old royal said.
William, who is training to be a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot, was snapped that night looking like an everyman clad in jeans, a gray sweatshirt and a knit hat.
Following in the footsteps of his charitable mother Princess Diana, William said that the experience, coordinated by UK charity Centrepoint, taught him how tough it is to “sleep rough,” the slang homeless UK teens use to describe their lifestyle.
“I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London’s streets night after night,” William said. “Poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown cause people to become, and then stay, homeless.”