Prince William goes undercover selling the Big Issue in London

Prince William has been spotted with a red vest and cap selling the Big Issue in London.

The future king was undercover alongside a more experienced seller who showed him the ropes.

But he soon got attention from passers by who were trying to work out why the seller on Rochester Row in Westminster looked familiar.

One man, who thought he had seen a ‘celebrity’, tried to surreptitiously take a photo with the prince in the background.

He cracked what was going on, however, and went to speak to the man, who realised it was actually the second in line to the throne.

He then got his chance for a proper photo with the prince.

Excited by the encounter, he shared the photo with his brother-in-law Mark Gardner, who then shared it on LinkedIn.

‘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,’ retired police superintendent Mark wrote.

‘These “silent gestures” often go unrecognised.

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‘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”.’

Prince William is patron of Centrepoint, following in the footsteps of his mother Diana who also supported the homelessness charity.

He previous slept rough in 2009, when he was aged 27, to raise awareness of the issue.

Before Christmas in 2020, he made three surprise visits to homeless charity The Passage where he spoke to residents and helped serve meals.

Speaking at a ceremony marking the charity’s 40th anniversary, he said: ‘Over the many years that I have visited The Passage, first with my mother when I was just a small boy, I have developed a great affection for everyone who is here.

‘Every time I come here, I am touched by your warmth and friendliness, and the dignity and respect you show to every single person who comes through your door.’

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