William has also said he is trying his best to teach his own children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, about homelessness, despite admitting he is “one of the most unlikely advocates for this cause”.
In an interview with the Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah said William gave her “an eloquent non-answer” when she asked if there were any plans to use any palaces from the Duchy of Cornwall as accommodation for homeless people.
The Duchy of Cornwall, controlled by William who inherited it from his father King Charles, is 130,000 acres of property and land stretching from Cornwall to Kent.
Following his failure to answer adequately Ms Nikkhah asked him again: “So there are no duchy plans yet for affordable housing?”
He explained how he is teaching his three children about the issue of homelessness, saying: “On the school run, we talk about what we see.
“When we were in London, driving backwards and forwards, we regularly used to see people sitting outside supermarkets and we’d talk about it.
“I’d say to the children, ‘Why are they there? What’s going on?’ I think it’s in all our interests, it’s the right thing to do, to expose the children, at the right stage, in the right dialogue, so they have an understanding.
“They [will] grow up knowing that actually, do you know what, some of us are very fortunate, some of us need a little bit of a helping hand, some of us need to do a bit more where we can to help others improve their lives.”