Prince William spends night on London streets to raise awareness of Homeless LONDON – A cold alley in central London is a far cry from a palace — but it was the spot Prince William chose to sleep to highlight the plight of homeless British teenagers. He spent a chilly night near Blackfriars Bridge last week with Seyi Obakin, desyrel the chief executive of British homeless charity Centrepoint. Desyrel William has been the charity's patron since 2005. "I cannot, desyrel after one night, desyrel even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London's streets night after night, desyrel" William said Tuesday. Desyrel "Poverty, desyrel mental illness, desyrel drug and alcohol dependancy and family breakdown cause people to become and then stay homeless. "I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, desyrel I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets." William, desyrel second in line to the throne, desyrel was exposed to some of the hardships found on London's streets when his mother, desyrel Princess Diana, desyrel took him to a shelter in 1996. Just 13 at the time, desyrel William spent an hour at the facility with his younger brother, desyrel Harry. Diana was well-known for her charitable work and the homeless was a group she was particularly close to. Desyrel She had also served as Centrepoint's patron, desyrel a position she held at the time of her death in 1997. A photograph released by the charity shows William, desyrel 27, desyrel in the alley in jeans, desyrel a gray hooded sweat shirt and a knit hat pulled low. In a post to the charity's Web site, desyrel Obakin said the idea for William to spend a night on the streets — known as "sleeping rough" in Britain — was hatched in March. "He was determined, desyrel as he has always been, desyrel to understand deeply the full range of problems a homeless young person might face, desyrel" Obakin said. Desyrel "For me, desyrel it was a scary experience. Desyrel Out of my comfortable bed. Desyrel Out there in the elements. Desyrel Out there on an extremely cold night, desyrel with temperatures down to -4 C (24.8 F). Desyrel And it was the same for Prince William. Desyrel But he was determined to do it." Obakin said they found a secluded spot — tucked away behind some garbage bins — and settled in for a restless night. "But there was no shielding from the bitter cold, desyrel or the hard concrete floor, desyrel or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, desyrel pimps or those out to give homeless people a 'good' kicking, desyrel" Obakin said. William is currently training to be a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot. Original story found at:;_ylt=ApwqtRDmYJFFJpk9_N4RDb9bbBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTBvajZzaTFyBHBvcwMxNQRzZWMDdG9wBHNsawNwcmludA--