Prince William helps out at homeless charity he visited with Diana

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This week was a special one for the Duke of Cambridge as he became Royal Patron of The Passage, the UK's largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people.

However he quickly realised there could be a problem when he picked up a bread knife and joked: "This is going to go well".

William first visited the charity in 1993 with Diana and Prince Harry and he's been back several times over the past 25 years, both privately and officially.

The Duke of Cambridge is visiting a homeless charity hours after being named as patron.

Inset, Diana and William's visitor's book signing from 1993.

Princess Diana posing with young sons.

Meanwhile, Duchess Catherine had previously admitted her husband had struggled with fatherhood as she spoke to single father Billy during a visit to Hornsey Road Children's Centre in north London.


Harry is sitting on his mum's lap and she has his arm around him while William sits next to them.

The narrator of the documentary, Prince William: Royalty In My Family, explains how William told his mum that agreeing to lose her royal title would help the divorce proceedings move faster but he was quick to reassure her that he would later ensure it was reinstated. It has helped more than 130,000 people in crisis since it opened in 1980.

The prince chatted happily as he helped prepare the vegetables to be served as part of lunch at The Passage.

When he first visited with his mother at the age of 11, he said, it taught him the values of respect, dignity and kindness to the vulnerable he has carried with him ever since.

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 bad".

Mental health has been a big focus for the younger royals in recent years according to ABC News' royal expert Victoria Murphy.

"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", Mick Clarke, Chief Executive of The Passage, said in a statement.

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