Prince William left stunned by harrowing risk children and teenagers in UK are facing: 'That's terrifying'

Prince William visited Depaul UK in London
Prince William visited Depaul UK in London

The Prince of Wales made the comment during a royal engagement in London

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Prince William has said it is "terrifying" that children as young as 13 are at risk of becoming homeless in the UK.

The heir to the throne visited Depaul UK in London yesterday, which specialises in supporting young people who are often the most vulnerable in society.

Prince William asked staff: "What age group are you seeing actual risk of homelessness starting?"

Prince William met staff from education and employability programmes during the visit
Prince William met staff from education and employability programmes during the visit

The future King was told that aged "13 and upwards" had already suffered "relationship breakdowns" at home, to which he replied: "It starts so young, that's terrifying."

During the visit, the Prince met with staff from the education and employability programmes, as well as several current and former service users.

Following in his mother's footsteps, The Prince of Wales is a "passionate advocate" for the homeless and those at risk of it.

Princess Diana visited Depaul UK three times in the 1990s and opened the first Depaul Trust Hostel in Willesden in June 1995.

Depaul UK was founded more than 30 years ago in response to the growing number of young people sleeping rough on the streets of London.

Since then, the charity has grown and developed across the county and delivers homelessness prevention services through education, employment and mental health support.

Prince William's mother Princess Diana visited Depaul UK three times in the 1990s
Prince William's mother Princess Diana visited Depaul UK three times in the 1990s

Depaul also leads the award-winning "Nightstop" service which provides emergency accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted hosts across the UK.

A key theme of Prince William's work this year is expected to be homelessness and, last year, The Royal Foundation (which looks after his charity work) advertised for a 'Head of Homelessness Programme' to lead a project aiming to prove it is possible to deliver "lasting change" to help those without a home.