Prince William is continuing his late mother’s legacy.
The Duke of Cambridge spent his Friday (May 13, 2016) at a homeless shelter that he first stopped by with Princess Diana 23 years ago. Returning to The Passage in London after more than two decades since his last visit with the People’s Princess, the 33-year-old officially opened the charity’s refurbished St. Vincent’s Centre.
In a speech about ending homelessness, the British royal said his childhood visits with Princess Di, who passed away when William was only 15, “left a deep and lasting impression upon me.”
“You’ve grown,” 87-year-old volunteer Iris Moore, who was working at The Passage in 1994 when William and Prince Harry returned with their mother for a second visit, told the now-father-of-two.
“When he was a child he came with Harry — Princess Diana brought him,” the former nurse remembered. “She wanted him to see how the other half lives. It was a nice afternoon. She sat with all the homeless and the two boys. They were a little bit shy.”
She added, “To see him again as a grown man was very special.”
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 13, 2016
That day, William was also presented with a photograph of his last visit that showed Diana, Harry and himself with one of the homeless men. Upon receiving the framed picture, William smiled as he lovingly gazed at the portrait of his late mom.
Diana first took her two sons to the shelter in 1993 before returning the following year.
In a recent interview, Harry revealed that all he wants to do in life is to “make my mother incredibly proud.”
“When she died, there was a gaping hole, not just for us but also for a huge amount of people across the world,” he said. “If I can try and fill a very small part of that, then job done. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible. And so will William.”