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Homelessness Was Diana's First Priority

On this the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, many will share their thoughts and feelings about this remarkable woman, mother and advocate. This article about Diana’s compassion towards men who are homeless hit home for us at Haven Toronto.

Prince William has revealed Princess Diana took him to a homeless centre he still visits when he was just 12-years-old.

The Duke of Cambridge said his mother took him to 'The Passage' homeless centre when he was 12-years-old.

During an ITV documentary, entitled “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” a homeless man who met the prince at the time, said: “He said he was quite nervous when he first went but appeared at ease.”

Another man who met the mother and son, said: “He appears very natural, somebody you could go down to the pub with.

“Diana was a soldier of the Royal family.”

He was quite nervous when he first went but appeared at ease. Talking to a group of men at 'The Passage', Prince William was asked about Prince George.

He said: “He’s a bonny boy. We’ve had to re-tailor some of his outfits. He is growing at the rate of knots. He’s going to be a big boy, like his father.”

Princess Diana made homelessness her first charitable priority after joining the Royal family, and was not afraid to meet those directly affected. One night she went onto the streets and spoke to mainly men living on the streets.

One man, said: “She woke me up, I loved that.”

Another man wearing nothing but shorts, said: “She said ‘I see you dressed especially for me’ and I cracked a joke, saying my suits in Savile Row at the moment."


Written by: Alix Culberston and published in Express

Photo by: ITV




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