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William becomes patron of homeless charity he first visited with Princess Diana as child

William first visited The Passage with his mother and brother in 1993. Credit: Kensington Palace

Prince William is spending the afternoon helping out at a London homeless charity by serving food to the people the organisation helps.

William made the visit to The Passage, an organisation which has helped more than 130,000 people in crisis over almost 40 years after being made its patron.

He first visited the project as a young boy with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Diana took William and younger brother Harry to the charity in December 1993, and as a young man William has made numerous public and private trips to the organisation.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and patron of The Passage, welcomed the announcement ahead of the duke’s visit to the charity’s St Vincent's Centre in Westminster.

The Prince has been made patron of the charity as of Wednesday. Credit: PA

He said: "I know the duke is deeply committed to working with those most in need, such as the thousands of people The Passage has helped off the streets.

"It is crucial that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life; this announcement is a tangible symbol of that commitment."

William appeared keen to help out in the kitchen at the homeless centre. Credit: PA

William last visited the St Vincent's Centre with wife Katherine in the run-up to Christmas, when he spoke out against the drug spice after hearing about its devastating effect on the capital's homeless.

The duke told Mick Clarke, chief executive of The Passage: "The fact it was a legal high and that young people were allowed to take it and it leads to addiction is just terrible."

Diana's signature in the visitor book from 1993. Credit: Kensington Palace

The synthetic drug is seen as the biggest challenge the charity faces as it is cheap, readily available and can exacerbate existing problems like poor mental health.

Following the announcement Mr Clarke said: "During His Royal Highness’ visits to The Passage, it has been very clear that he has a deep concern for those affected by homelessness and a real interest in our work.

"For His Royal Highness to further express his support for The Passage’s work by becoming our royal patron is a tremendous honour, and a testament to how much he genuinely cares about this issue."

Later William has also joined volunteers at the charity helping to prepare and serve lunch.