Prince William reveals in Red Nose Day clip why Diana would be ‘disappointed’
The Prince of Wales will appear in a short film on BBC One tomorrow evening for Comic Relief (Picture: PA)
Prince William said his mum Princess Diana would be ‘disappointed’ by the lack of progress in tackling homelessness.
The Prince of Wales will appear in a short film on BBC One tomorrow evening for Red Nose Day, about the Groundswell charity which is funded by Comic Relief.
In a short preview of the programme, William said: ‘My mother introduced me to the cause of homelessness from quite a young age, and I’m really glad she did.
‘I think she would be disappointed that we are still no further on in terms of tackling homelessness and preventing it than when she was interested and involved in it.’
The 41-year-old royal was filmed talking with Miles and Nawshin, who have both experienced homelessness and have recorded a podcast as part of Groundswell’s Listen Up! project.
William told them: ‘I’m here kind of to learn a bit more, and to hear a bit more about your lived experience of homelessness.’
Miles said: ‘Homelessness is about not having a safe space – it’s a very isolating life. You exist, you don’t live.
Prince William spoke to Miles and Nawshin, who have both experienced homelessness (Picture: Comic Relief)
Nawshin, pictured, and Miles have recorded a podcast as part of Groundswell’s Listen Up! project (Picture: Comic Relief)
‘Groundswell helps to give a voice to people who have experienced homelessness. People who experience homelessness have solutions if you just ask them – they know what needs changing.’
Nawshin added: ‘I didn’t have a choice but to leave home – I had a lot of childhood trauma and circumstances happened around me that were out of my control.
‘Coming to Groundswell and being supported to share my story has really helped me. It is powerful for people to actually listen.’
Prince William previously revealed he talks to his children George and Charlotte about homelessness.
William said his late mum, Princess Diana, spoke to him about homelessness from a young age (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
He thinks she’d be ‘disappointed’ by how little progress has been made (Picture: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Speaking to Mary Berry for her Christmas special A Berry Royal Christmas in 2020, he said: ‘On the school run already, bear in mind they’re six and four, whenever we see anyone who is sleeping rough on the streets, I talk about it and I point it out and I explain why and they’re all very interested. They’re like: “Why can’t they go home?”‘
Funds from this year’s Red Nose Day will go towards supporting those struggling through the cost of living crisis both in the UK and worldwide, and will highlight issues of homelessness, mental health and food poverty, among other things.
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