Incident in Belfast
During a recent trip to Belfast, Prince William experienced an unexpected encounter with a royal fan. While engaging in a walkabout to launch his new project, Homewards, aimed at ending homelessness, the Prince of Wales was punched and had his face patted by an individual in the crowd.
Details of the Incident
The incident took place as Prince William was leaving the Skainos community center, where he had interacted with enthusiastic royal fans. Amidst the crowd, one man went beyond a simple handshake and playfully punched the future king’s face, also attempting to pat his cheek. Remarkably, Prince William remained unfazed throughout the encounter, maintaining a smile and engaging in conversation with the man. Onlookers around them appeared amused, with smiles and laughter captured in the images.
Prince William’s Initiative to End Homelessness
Prince William’s Homewards project, launched in June, aims to combat homelessness in the United Kingdom over a five-year period. The prince drew inspiration from his late mother, Princess Diana, who took him and Prince Harry to visit a homeless shelter during their childhood. Reflecting on his experience, Prince William expressed his commitment to supporting the most vulnerable on the streets, with a vision of making homelessness rare, brief, and unrepeated. He looks forward to collaborating with six locations to turn this ambition into a reality.