Homeless charities have welcomed the news that the Duke of Cambridge is to provide shelter for servicemen and women who have fallen on hard times after serving their country in the armed forces.
Speaking yesterday in support of a newspaper appeal, Prince William, who himself served in the front line plucking stranded adventurers off the treacherous cliffs of Wales in his helicopter, Budgie, said:
“I am so concerned about the number of heroes who have struggled to adapt to civilian life and wound up sleeping rough in our cities, that for once instead of just lecturing you, I’m actually going to do something myself and open the doors of my vast London home at Christmas to these wretched people. I’m going to feed them, clothe them and offer them trained support to help them get their lives back on track.”
The Cambridges’ initiative is not the only charitable work they will be doing over the festive season. On Christmas Day they will be supporting Help the Aged, by having dinner with an elderly couple in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Last night a palace spokesman denied that the arrival of a troop of destitute squaddies would make life a little difficult for Kate, William and little Georgie.
“No chance,” he said, “their Royal Highnesses will be away over the Christmas period which lasts until March in Royal Circles. Any damage done by the vagrants, … er …. heroes, will be taken care of since their quarters are scheduled for redecoration ready for the arrival of Cambridge 2.0 and all the furniture has been put into storage.”
The spokes-flunky failed to mention that the £750,000 “redecoration” will be tax deductible thanks to the charitable nature of William’s gesture.