Prince William Pens Rare Personal Note to Charity That Was Close to Princess Diana’s Heart

Prince William is celebrating the 40th anniversary of a charity he used to visit with his mother, Princess Diana.

On Thursday, William visited The Passage in London, which was founded in 1980 to provide practical support and other services to homeless people. During the outing, the Duke of Cambridge attended an awards ceremony and reception at the charity's headquarters, where he met with staff to hear more about their work with the local community.

The official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a variety of photos from the event, along with a heartfelt message describing what the charity means to Prince William and what it meant to his late mother.

“40 years,” William began the note. “40 years of life-changing work @passagecharity. Over the many years that I have visited The Passage, first with my mother when I was just a small boy, I have developed a great affection for you all. Every time I come here, I am touched by the warmth and friendliness, and the dignity and respect you show to everyone who comes through your door.”

He continued, “I am always so impressed to see and hear the difference that The Passage makes to the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you to everyone for your continuous work.” Will simply signed the message, “W.”

The 39-year-old was named patron of the organization back in 2019 and has often discussed the importance of ending homelessness throughout the U.K.

What a wonderful way to honor his mother’s legacy.

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