Following in Diana’s footsteps: Prince William meets with the homeless at a charity in London previously visited by his mother and Harry – as he continues with duty after Duke’s attacks
- Prince William visited Depaul UK in London, 30 years after Diana attended
- The charity runs programmes which help people out of homelessness
- The Prince of Wales will focus on ending the homelessness crisis this year
Prince William evoked the memory of his late mother this morning on a visit to a homelessness charity she opened more than 30 years ago.
The Prince of Wales, 40, arrived at Depaul UK in London today to meet with people who receive help from the charity, as well as staff working on its programmes.
He follows in the footsteps of Princess Diana who visited the charity in engagements in 1990, 1993 and 1995. Diana opened the first Depaul Trust Hostel in Willesden in June 1995.
William’s visit comes in the wake of Prince Harry’s attacks on his brother and sister-in-law, Kate in his bombshell memoir, Spare – as the Duke finds himself dragged into a diplomatic row over Iran’s execution of a British-Iranian national.
Following a claim in his memoir that he killed around 25 Taliban fighters while serving in Afghanistan, the Iranian regime used the comments to justify its hanging of British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari, 61, at the weekend.
Iran’s foreign ministry posted on Twitter that the UK was ‘in no position to preach’ on human rights after Harry’s comments.
Prince William attended Depaul UK this morning, 30 years after his late mother Princess Diana began working with the charity
Princess Diana first visited the charity in 1990 (pictured on one of her many visits) where she worked with homeless people
Prince Harry, who has launched a series of scathing attacks on his brother William in his memoir, Spare, and interviews to promote the book, has also held the charity close to his heart (pictured visiting in 2017)
The Prince of Wales looked professional as he met with staff and service users at Depaul UK in London
William, 40, is said to be focusing on the issue of homelessness as one of his priorities this year
Iran murdered Alireza Akbari after he was accused of being an MI6 spy.
Following Harry’s claims, senior army officials have slammed the Duke as a ‘stupid boy’.
Elegant Princess of Wales is all smiles as she plays with children on visit to a nursery amid backlash over Harry’s Taliban ’25 kills’ as Iran use it to justify hanging British citizen
Colonel Richard Kemp, a former UK military commander in Afghanistan, said: ‘Harry should take full responsibility for giving ammunition to the murderous Iranian regime’s propaganda machine.
‘While all decent people will reject Iran’s lies, many of their supporters will be strengthened by the ayatollahs’ exploitation of the duke’s ill-judged comments.’
Meanwhile the Duke continued his attacks on his family this weekend as he demanded they apologise to his wife, Meghan.
In an interview with the Telegraph, he sent a message to the royals urging them to ‘come clean’ as he told them: ‘You know what you did.’
Harry also said he wanted to help reform the monarchy so that his niece and nephews, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would not be affected by the concept of the ‘spare’ in the same way he has been.
After expressing concern that one of the Prince and Princess of Wales’s children may end up also feeling like the ‘spare’, he claimed Prince William had ‘made it very clear that the children are not [Harry’s] responsibility’.
Despite several bombshell claims in his memoir, Harry has also revealed the first draft of the autobiography was twice the length of the final draft, but that he ended up leaving details out for fear that his family would not forgive him.
Talking about his family, he said: ‘I wish you’d actually sit down with me, properly, and instead of saying I’m delusional and paranoid, actually sit down and have a proper conversation about this, because what I’d really like is some accountability. And an apology to my wife.
‘Because you know what you did, and I now know why you did it. And you’ve been caught out, so just come clean, and then we could all move on.’
Despite an almighty fallout from his brother’s memoir, Prince William looked professional as ever on his visit to Depaul UK this morning, following Kate’s first solo outing yesterday since the book was released.
The father-of-three is due to meet with people who use the service now or have used it in the past, as well as staff members from employability and education programmes run by the charity.
Depaul UK, which operates in London and the South East, Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire and the North East specialises in supporting young people.
It helps its users find medium-to-long term accommodation, offers various programmes to help them into work and provides mental health support.
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