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Prince William goes undercover as a Big Issue in Westminster

Prince William goes undercover as a Big Issue seller in Westminster complete with red vest and matching hat – then poses for a photo after he’s spotted by a passerby who praises the ‘silent gesture’ of charity

  • The Duke of Cambridge, 39, donned a red seller’s vest and hat in the photograph
  • William was spotted standing in Rochester Row, Westminster, to sell magazine
  • He was noticed by a passing Londoner who thought they recognised a ‘celebrity’

An inspiring photograph has emerged showing Prince William selling the Big Issue in central London. 

The Duke of Cambridge, 39, donned a red seller’s vest and hat before standing in Rochester Row, Westminster, to quietly sell the magazine.

He was spotted by a passing Londoner who thought they recognised a ‘celebrity’ – and got in closer for a better look.

An inspiring photograph has emerged showing Prince William selling the Big Issue in central London (pictured)

The Duke of Cambridge (left), 39, donned a red seller’s vest and hat before standing in Rochester Row, Westminster to quietly sell the magazine. He was spotted by a passing Londoner who thought they recognised a ‘celebrity’ – and got in closer for a better look

Retired Met Police chief superintendent Matthew Gardner shared images of William selling the Big Issue on his Linkedin account (pictured) 

Retired Met Police chief superintendent Matthew Gardner shared images of William selling the Big Issue on his Linkedin account.

He said: ‘My brother-in-law was in London today and saw a celebrity, so he took a photo at a distance.

‘The celebrity saw the “covert surveillance” effort and crossed the road to investigate further.  

‘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 unrecognised,’ he added.

He continued: ‘The finale to this unique occasion was when Prince William asked my brother in law If he wanted to buy the “Big Issue”, to which he replied “I have no change”. 

‘At this point William produced a mobile card machine… you cannot teach that! Priceless, or should I say ‘Princely’.’

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