Prince William goes undercover selling charity newspaper in central London

Caption: The Duke of Cambridge was seen yesterday dressed as a homeless worker on the streets of London – Photo via Instagram / Vitalijus and Laura Zuikauskas

By Jared Wee

Friday, June 10, 2022 12:05 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 – Prince William surprised tourists and Londoners yesterday when he was seen working undercover as a newsboy in central London, the BBC reported.

The Duke of Cambridge swapped his suit and tie for a red waistcoat and cap as he approached passers-by to sell the British newspaper, The big problem.

The big problem is an award-winning magazine that provides work for homeless people by allowing them to sell its newspapers for £2.50 (RM13.74).

Its homeless vendors are usually dressed in uniform with an iconic red vest and cap.

Londoners and tourists alike were surprised by the Prince’s humble approach, asking if they would like to buy a magazine.

Given Prince Williams’ fame, it was only a matter of hours before the public would take pictures and selfies with the future king.

Black cab driver Neil Kramer posted a photo of himself, the prince and another Big Issue salesman.

“I was loading my taxi on Rochester Row in Westminster when I was approached by a salesman who introduced himself as William and asked if I wanted to buy a copy of the Big problem“, said Kramer in an interview with the BBC.

“When I realized who it was I was a bit shocked but of course I said yes.

“He then introduced the other gentlemen with him and we had a lovely chat for 15 minutes about the charity and its work.”

Lithuanian tourists Vitalijus and Laura Zuiskauskas were surprised to spot the prince himself after visiting London for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“We bought the magazine and had a warm conversation,” Mr Zuikauskas told the BBC.

“We wished him well and shook hands, and we were delighted that the royal family took great care of ordinary people.”

Social media users praised the prince for his humility in not making his charity work a public stunt as he was not seen with any press or photographer.

Prince William often works with charities like The big problem and Centrepoint UK to raise awareness of homelessness.

In 2015, he helped a previously homeless student journalist, Sophia Kichou, by landing an exclusive interview with him on The big problem.

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