Several years ago, Prince William promised a homeless girl that if she ever got a job as a reporter, he would give her an interview. Fast-forward to now and the royal father of two did just that. As a man of his word, Will sat down with 24-year-old Sophia Kichou for an interview that will appear in The Big Issue, a magazine sold by the homeless and those at risk of homelessness across Britain.
Not only did Kichou chat with the prince about his work with Centrepoint, a homeless network for which he is patron and how they first met, but she also got the royal scoop: how the Cambridges will be spending the holidays.
“George will be bouncing around like a rabbit,” William told The Big Issue. “I think George will be extremely bouncy this year because he’s suddenly worked out what Christmas is all about … If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it’ll be good.”
But it’s not just George he and Kate have to worry about. This year marks Charlotte’s first Christmas as well. “So that will be two children, one who suddenly appreciates Christmas, which could be quite challenging. But I’m looking forward to it.”
The plans are pretty much what many people do: “We’ll go to church as a family on Christmas Day, as we always do,” said William. “Then we’ll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap them.”
He did add that having a family of one’s own is “a very different experience at Christmas” but they’re ready. And he’s also ready for a little snow.
“It’d be nice if we got a white Christmas because we haven’t had one in many years.” Wouldn’t it, though?
As for his work with Centrepoint, William reflected on his childhood with his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. “I think it goes back to when my mother first took the [patron’s] role when I was a small boy. I was very struck by the people I met and what they were struggling with – sleeping rough, sofa surfing, not having basic comforts a lot of us take for granted.”
He continued: “That really struck me at a young age, bearing in mind the gulf for me, growing up in a palace and seeing the other end of the spectrum. That was powerful to see at a young age. In today’s Western world, with all the advancements and privileges we have, the fact some people don’t have a bed or a roof over their head is quite ridiculous.”
Two thumbs up for Wills for committing to this. It’s absolutely wonderful that he honoured his promise to Sophia. And what a great start to her journalism career. Congrats to her and may she continue to flourish both personally and professionally.
Now back to the Cambridges’ Christmas. We think it’s safe to say that we’d love to see George tear through his presents. It would be a flurry of wrapping paper and tissue that never had a chance. There’s your snow, Will!