Prince William Is Reportedly Planning to Take Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis On a Poignant Visit Reminiscent of One Princess Diana Once Undertook With Him When He Was a Boy

Somewhere, Diana is smiling.

Prince William poses with kids Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis for Father's Day
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Just as his mother, Princess Diana, once took him to a homeless center, Prince William is set to make a poignant visit to a shelter in the coming months with his kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, Hello reports.

According to The Times, William is considering a special visit with his three kids in tow, “a move which echoes his own visits to homeless shelters as a child with his mother, Princess Diana,” Hello reports. 

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Diana introduced William to the issue of homelessness when he was young, and it's a torch he carries in her honor still today.

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Ending homelessness is a cause incredibly close to William’s heart—so much so that he launched a U.K.-wide program to end homelessness, Homewards, last year. The five-year program “strives to form locally-led coalitions of committed individuals, organizations, and businesses who intend to work together to prevent and ultimately end homelessness in their local areas,” Hello writes.

Those visits when William was young touched him deeply, and, speaking of Homewards, William said “In a modern and progressive society, everyone should have a safe and secure home, be treated with dignity, and given the support they need,” he said. “Through Homewards, I want to make this a reality, and over the next five years, give people across the U.K. hope that homelessness can be prevented when we collaborate.”

He continued “I am fortunate to have seen firsthand the tireless work of people and organizations across the sector, the tangible impact their efforts can have, and what can be done when communities are able to focus on preventing homelessness, rather than managing it,” William said. “It’s a big task, but I firmly believe that by working together it is possible to make homelessness rare, brief, and unrepeated, and I am very much looking forward to working with our six locations to make our ambition a reality.”

Prince William, Prince of Wales attends the wedding of The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral on June 7, 2024 in Chester, England.

William launched Homewards, one of the works of his life, in an effort to eradicate homelessness in the U.K. through a five-year plan.

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Diana, according to Tatler, first took William to a shelter when he was 11 years old. “The issue was a key component of Diana’s work as a royal—and the mantle has been taken up by her eldest son, who is patron of a number of charities tackling the issue,” the outlet reports.

William has told The Sunday Times in the past that he hopes to yet again pass the mantle—this time to his kids George, Charlotte, and Louis—and plans to introduce them to his work by taking them to a shelter: “I think when I can balance it with their schooling, they will definitely be exposed to it,” William said. “On the school run, we talk about what we see. When we were in London, driving backwards and forwards, we regularly used to see people sitting outside supermarkets, and we’d talk about it. I’d say to the children, ‘Why are they there? What’s going on?’ I think it’s in all our interests. It’s the right thing to do to expose the children—at the right stage, in the right dialogue—so they have an understanding.”

William added that it will show them that “some of us need to do a bit more where we can to help improve others’ lives,” he said.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis

William plans to take his kids George, Charlotte, and Louis to a homeless shelter soon, so they too can be impacted just as William was when he was a young boy.

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To continually promote this effort, William will appear in a new ITV documentary that aims to change perceptions around homelessness, and the two-part series Prince William: We Can End Homelessness, will air this fall. It follows William as he launched Homewards across the U.K., taking viewers behind the scenes of the program’s first year since it launched in June 2023.

“We know that television has the power to change hearts and minds,” The Royal Foundation’s CEO Amanda Berry said of the documentary, adding that it would “raise vital awareness.” She continued that “Homelessness can seem like it is hard to prevent, but by sharing the realities of people’s experiences and those who are coming together to support them, we can inspire action.”

Diana would, no doubt, be so proud.

Rachel Burchfield
Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.