He vowed to continue raising the issue of homelessness, in his article, and pledged to introduce his children to charities supporting rough sleepers, just as his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, did with him.
“I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling,” he said.
“I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past.
William and Kate are reportedly planning a joint party (Ashley Crowden/PA)PA Wire/PA Images - Ashley Crowden
“So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will reportedly hold a joint 40th party in the summer after the duchess’s birthday celebrations in January were cancelled due to rising Covid cases, according to the Daily Mirror.
Earlier, the duke issued a personal thank you for the birthday messages he received.
Thank you for all the happy birthday messages today! W
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
He wrote on Kensington Palace’s official Twitter account: “Thank you for all the happy birthday messages today!”
He signed his message “W”, meaning it had come from him personally.
The royal family wished William a happy 40th, sharing photos of his major milestones.
Following university, Prince William went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet.
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He was pictured on the monarchy’s Twitter account as a newborn, after his university graduation, at Sandhurst with the Queen, as a search and rescue helicopter pilot and on his wedding day.
Following a message reading “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!” William was also shown surrounded by his three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, in a snapshot recently released for Father’s Day.
The account also highlighted the duke’s charity work and his focus on the environment, young people and mental health.
Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday! 🎂🎈 https://t.co/lV709IUivH
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall)
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also wished William a “very happy 40th birthday!”
Clarence House’s account shared photographs of Charles holding newborn William outside the Lindo Wing, on a ski-lift together, on the Palace balcony with the royal family, and William with his arm around Charles.