How Prince William wishes Andrew would just ‘vanish’ from a slimmed down


The caller was posh, polite and unusually patient. But the benefits office operator had no idea he was also a future king.

Introducing himself simply as ‘William’, the stranger politely explained that he was ringing on behalf of a young homeless person to enquire about what financial help they were entitled to. He chatted amiably about forms, proof of ID and the many hoops that young homeless people have to jump through when trying to get back on their feet.

Each year the Duke of Cambridge makes up to half a dozen secret visits to accommodation services run by Centrepoint, the national charity for young people to which he was first introduced by his late mother.

‘On one occasion, he spent a week with us, turned up and was presented as a locum staff. He even rang up the benefit office on behalf of one young person. That was an education for him!’ laughs Seyi Obakin. The charity’s CEO has known William since the second-in-line became patron in 2005 and has even slept rough with him on the streets for a night.

‘When someone said to him he looked like someone famous, William just smiled and replied: ‘I’ve heard people say that, but don’t believe it!’ And then he carried on working. He was so low-key, just turning up and doing his thing, that only the manager knew who he was.

‘It is a measure of who he is that, by the time he got married, he had developed such a good relationship with that particular manager that he invited them to his wedding.’

In the first part of a landmark Daily Mail series ahead of his 40th birthday tomorrow, I explored William the man, husband, father, brother and son.

Today I look at William, Prince of Wales-in-waiting, and Britain’s first ‘millennial monarch’.

I have discovered that, far from being a passenger on his royal journey, he has his own distinct vision to ‘reshape’ the monarchy and won’t be afraid to get his hands dirty — or speak his mind on the issues that matter.

Like his father, he also believes that a slimmed-down Royal Family is the best way to ensure its survival — and that his shamed uncle, Prince Andrew, should never have a part to play in it again.

Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles are pictured together at the funeral of Prince Philip. William is lobbying the Queen to have his uncle Andrew barred from public life

Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles are pictured together at the funeral of Prince Philip. William is lobbying the Queen to have his uncle Andrew barred from public life

'[William] has strong views on the Duke of York and believes his insistence in trying to cling on to a public role is highly dangerous for the institution,' said a friend (pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York (R) in 2018)

‘[William] has strong views on the Duke of York and believes his insistence in trying to cling on to a public role is highly dangerous for the institution,’ said a friend (pictured: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain’s Prince Andrew, Duke of York (R) in 2018)

Prince Andrew is pictured driving alone at Windsor. He is reportedly being frozen out of public duties at the insistence of Prince William

Prince Andrew is pictured driving alone at Windsor. He is reportedly being frozen out of public duties at the insistence of Prince William

A source told the Evening Standard of William's involvement in getting Andrew banned from public participation in the Order of the Garter service: 'The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw'. It would have also meant that his wife Kate would also not have attended (William and Kate are pictured with their kids earlier this month)

A source told the Evening Standard of William’s involvement in getting Andrew banned from public participation in the Order of the Garter service: ‘The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw’. It would have also meant that his wife Kate would also not have attended (William and Kate are pictured with their kids earlier this month)

‘He feels very strongly about this and if it had been up to him…



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