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    Prince William has spent a night sleeping rough to understand the plight of the homeless at Christmas.
    He stayed out in temperatures as low as minus 4c, lying in a central London alleyway surrounded by wheelie bins.
    The Prince, patron of the charity Centrepoint, said he was trying to 'do his bit' to help the vulnerable.


    'Scary': Prince William and Seyi Obakin bed down for the night in their sleeping bags near Blackfriars bridge, London, where the temperature plummeted to -4C

    He was slightly better off than the average rough sleeper, as he was accompanied by his armed personal protection officer, his private secretary - a former SAS officer - and the chief executive of the homelessness charity.
    Even the venue, a secluded spot close to Blackfriars Bridge in the City, was carefully chosen for safety.
    And he did have the prospect of a big lunch at Buckingham Palace the next day to keep his spirits up.
    But the Prince said afterwards that the experience had helped to deepen his understanding of life on the streets.
    In a statement today, William, 27, said: 'I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London's streets night after night.
    'Centrepoint's work - along with many other organisations' - in tackling these fundamental causes is desperately important if we are ever to end homelessness in this country. I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets.'


    Raising awareness: The location near the bridge where the prince slept to experience being homeless

    His brief brush with homelessness came on Tuesday last week when, shortly before midnight, he walked with his sleeping bag to the spot.
    The second in line to the throne was accompanied by his right-hand man at St James's Palace, former SAS officer Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, one of the Scotland Yard police protection officers who accompany him everywhere and Seyi Obakin, chief executive of Centrepoint, a charity which works with young homeless people.
    Dressed in jeans, trainers, a hooded sweatshirt and beanie hat, he went unrecognised as he laid a piece of cardboard down on the floor and climbed into his sleeping bag.
    It wasn't an altogether new experience for former Army officer William, who has often lived rough on exercises.
    But it certainly wasn't a pleasant one, as temperatures plunged, making sleep almost impossible.
    Mr Obakin told the Mail: 'William asked whether there was anything he could do to help understand what our young people go through.


    Challenge: Prince William agreed to sleeping rough after making a speech as patron at charity Centrepoint's 40th anniversary event. Right, the prince is better used to bedding down at Clarence House

    'I thought on my feet and came up with the thing that I thought he was least likely to do. To my surprise, he said yes. We took as much precaution as possible - finding a relatively secluded spot in an alleyway, shielded partly by a collection of wheelie bins.
    'But there was no shielding from the bitter cold, or the hard concrete floor, or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, pimps or those out to give homeless people a kicking. I have never been happier to welcome the break of dawn!'
    After sleeping fitfully, William rolled up his sleeping bag at 6am and walked through the streets for 45 minutes, stopping to talk to several homeless people on the way.
    He went to Centrepoint's hostel in Greek Street, Soho, where he showered before cooking breakfast for some of the residents and cutting a cake to celebrate the charity's 40th anniversary.
    Later that day he joined the Queen for her traditional family Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.
    Mr Obakin said: 'He understood, as I did, that what he experienced was just a fraction of what it truly means to be homeless and afflicted.'
    Carl Hughes, 28, who sleeps rough in the Blackfriars area, today praised the Prince's efforts.
    'He seems like a good guy and at least he is trying to see how the other half live,' he said. 'But it takes a lot longer than a day. Still if it helps to raise the problems we face, then that's good.'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1237773/Prince-William-sleeps-rough-streets-London-experience-life-homeless.html#ixzz0aUUmQLUd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    He was slightly better off than the average rough sleeper, as he was accompanied by his armed personal protection officer, his private secretary - a former SAS officer - and the chief executive of the homelessness charity.
    Even the venue, a secluded spot close to Blackfriars Bridge in the City, was carefully chosen for safety.
    And he did have the prospect of a big lunch at Buckingham Palace the next day to keep his spirits up.

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    I dunno, I'm kind of amazed he did it at all. You can't fake that kind of cold, and even an expensive sleeping bag won't make you comfortable.
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    Now he needs to stop investing money on fox hunting and donate it to the poor and homeless people.

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    At least he's trying not to be as useless as the other royals.
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    Good for Wills. I don't really like any of the royals but I've got to give credit where it's due in this instance.


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    It's a bit PR-riffic but as you say.... it is fucking cold in London at the moment and no sleeping bag, no matter how thick, keeps that out... fair doss to him.

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    That's the equivilent of sleeping in my house in London. I swear it's warmer outside than in my rented shed.
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    Geez, who would have thought Harry would have turned out to be the hot one.
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    That was nice of him but damn the boy lost his looks fast. He was so hot for about 20 minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pippin69 View Post
    At least he's trying not to be as useless as the other royals.
    Yes, he is bringing awareness and he actually did it. Even all his security is not going to protect him from the freezing weather and the hard ground. I like that he stayed around talking to the homeless people and was not picked up in a limo.

    Their PR is getting better.

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    Looks like they scrubbed down that alley and bins with bleach, I've never seen a public alley so clean.

    Oh yeah, and damn, he's ugly.

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    Hey, he's making an attempt. Kudos.
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    God he's ugly.
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    He bothered to do something, and for that I give him credit. I don't seem to recall the last time I saw the Queen roughing it in a sleeping bag in the crisp London air.

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