William jokes he’s on trial for a job as he serves up lunch for homeless

The Duke of Cambridge marked becoming royal patron of a homeless charity by serving lunch to its clients – and quipped he was on trial for a job.

Wearing an apron, William dished out spaghetti bolognese to men and women who had patiently queued for the free lunch made by staff and volunteers.

The duke has become the figurehead of The Passage, an organisation which has helped more than 130,000 people in crisis over almost 40 years through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and innovative accommodation services.

William’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales first took him and younger brother Harry to the charity in December 1993, and as a young man the duke has made numerous public and private trips to the organisation.

Mick Clarke, chief executive of The Passage, joined William as he ladled the meat sauce on to pasta and joked to a client: “We’re giving him a trial.”

The duke, who was visiting the charity’s St Vincent’s Centre in Westminster, laughed and replied: “Yes, see how I get on.”

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