The Duke of Cambridge keeps promise to be interviewed by homeless young person

6 Dec 2015

Aspiring journalist Sophia said that interviewing Prince William was a momentous occasion in her career

The Duke of Cambridge has kept his promise to a homeless young person and has been interviewed by her exclusively for the Big Issue.

Sophia Kichou became homeless at 18 when it became unsafe to stay with her father. She met Centrepoint Patron The Duke of Cambridge while staying in our hostel and told him her dreams of becoming a journalist. He agreed that, one day, she could interview him.

Now 24, Sophia was invited to Kensington Palace to chat to The Duke about youth homelessness, careers and Christmas.

He talked about why Centrepoint is a charity close to his heart and his memories of visiting hostels with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. He also discussed how the issue of youth homelessness has changed in the decade he has been Centrepoint’s Patron.

And in a personal insight, he talked about his two-year-old son Prince George and seven-month-old daughter Princess Charlotte, and how they would spend Christmas as a family.

Sophia said: ‘Interviewing Prince William was a very significant moment in my career.

'At the beginning, I was a little nervous but as the interview went on, my nerves calmed down and I began to enjoy it. I am very grateful to everyone who helped make this happen.'

Sophia was also awarded the Centrepoint media award by the Duke of Cambridge last month, commending her dedication to journalism and study. Read her story here.

You can read the exclusive interview with The Duke of Cambridge in the Big Issue, out Monday 7 December.