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Prince William volunteering as patron for homeless youth

Prince William
Prince William
Phil Noble, Associated Press

Britain's Prince William has followed in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana, by becoming patron of a British charity for young homeless people.

This is the first time William, 23, has become patron of a charity, a role familiar to most senior royals.

William has been familiar with the work of Centrepoint since his childhood, when his mother took him and his brother, Prince Harry, to visit one of the charity's night shelters.

"I have always been deeply concerned for those people — especially young people — who, for whatever reason, find themselves living on the streets or without a proper home," William said Tuesday in a statement.

He had spent the past two days volunteering with the charity.