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New ITV Documentary to Feature Prince of Wales's Homelessness Project

New ITV Documentary to Feature Prince of Wales’s Homelessness Project

The Prince of Wales will be featured in a new documentary series focusing on his ambitious homelessness programme. Prince William, the future king, aims to eradicate rough sleeping, sofa surfing, and other forms of temporary accommodation through his initiative called Homewards.

This two-part series, tentatively titled “Prince William: We Can End Homelessness,” delves into the first year of the programme. It will follow William as he inaugurates Homewards in various regions across the UK and will include stories of those who are currently facing homelessness or have experienced it in the past.

The documentary will also highlight well-known advocates of the programme and those leading individual projects throughout the UK. Homewards, a five-year project launched by William in 2023, aims to bring together a diverse group of individuals and organizations to create customized homelessness solutions in areas like Newport, South Wales; Poole, Bournemouth, and Christchurch in Dorset; the south London Borough of Lambeth; Belfast; Aberdeen; and Sheffield.

Jo Clinton-Davis, the controller of factual programming at ITV, expressed excitement about the project. “With access to the inner workings of this ambitious endeavour and the efforts of Prince William and his team, we hope to provide viewers with a privileged look into how they are tackling a pressing issue that affects many across the UK,” she said.

Director Leo Burley added, “Over the past year, we have followed Prince William and The Royal Foundation through the initial year of the Homewards programme. We’ve encountered incredibly moving stories from people facing various forms of homelessness. From street homelessness in Newport to families in temporary accommodation in Sheffield and youth homelessness in Aberdeen, the documentary paints a comprehensive picture of homelessness in the UK today. Everyone we filmed welcomed the spotlight that Prince William and Homewards are shedding on the UK’s homelessness crisis.”

Amanda Berry, the chief executive of The Royal Foundation, emphasized the power of television in bringing about change. “Television can change hearts and minds. Homelessness may appear insurmountable, but by sharing the reality of people’s experiences and highlighting those who come together to support them, we can inspire action. This two-part documentary will raise vital awareness and demonstrate that, by working together, we can end homelessness,” she stated.

William has long been passionate about addressing homelessness. He serves as the royal patron of the charity The Passage, a role he took on after visiting one of their shelters with his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, when he was just 11 years old. In 2009, William spent a night sleeping rough to better understand the plight of the homeless during Christmas. For the past two years, he has also joined a Big Issue seller at his pitch.

The documentary series is scheduled to air on ITV1 and ITVX this autumn.

Source: ITV