If you were in central London on Wednesday you might have walked past Prince William without realizing it.
The Duke of Cambridge was spotted in a Big Issue uniform handing out magazines to help the homeless.
Matthew Gardner shared snaps of William on Rochester Row, in Westminster, on social media, writing how his brother-in-law Richard Hannant had seen “a celebrity” so was trying to take a sneaky photo.
William then saw him and crossed the road to chat. The royal even pulled out a card machine after Hannant said he didn’t have any change.
Spotted in London on Weds: Prince William selling @BigIssue (a street paper that gives homeless and vulnerable individuals the chance to earn a legitimate income).
When one potential customer told him they didn’t have change for a copy, William pulled out a mobile card machine! pic.twitter.com/y1ob0SOFcX
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 9, 2022
Prince William being spotted selling ‘The Big Issue’ on the streets of London is actually iconic 😭😂
These are sold to raise money for those experiencing homelessness, this news only came to light because people took pictures with him and one man posted it on LinkedIn ❤️ pic.twitter.com/coMqGboIFB
— Kayla Adams (@KaylaAdams___) June 9, 2022
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Hannant, who lives in Bath but works in London, told the BBC: “He was amazing, he was so friendly.
“I think what struck me is we’ve just got past a massive Jubilee event and days later he’s out there supporting a charity like Big Issue.
“I think it’s that that I thought was most amazing because one is a worldwide event, this is just a low-key [event], literally standing on the side of the road with a homeless person.
“I was quite amazed that he could go from one massive event to such a low-key thing.”
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Gardner wrote in his social media caption, “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.
“These ‘silent gestures’ often go unrecognized.”
William also posed for a photo with another Big Issue seller and a black cab driver.
The Big Issue is one of the U.K.’s leading social businesses, offering homeless people, or individuals at risk of homelessness, the opportunity to earn a legitimate income, helping them to reintegrate into mainstream society.