23 September 2009
Prince William has been speaking for the first time about his charitable work. The Prince is patron of 12 organisations. He says he wants to be more than just a royal 'ornament'.
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This is part of Prince William's solution to an age-old royal challenge - what to do as a future king while you wait to fulfil your destiny. As well as pursuing his military career, William has been encouraging the charities he's patron of to work together. This has led, for example, to the mountain rescue service taking some young homeless people from the charity, Centrepoint, up a Cumbrian mountain to improve their self-confidence. Prince William says he's trying to make a difference.
Prince William: 'I think there's a time and a place for being an ornament. You know, shaking hands and being at an engagement and showing support in that way. But I think there's an awful lot more from actually doing stuff, and this is an example of what I just want to actually be more involved in, doing a slightly different angle on it.'
Prince William and Prince Harry are also setting up a charitable foundation so they can give grants to organisations they support.
Peter Hunt, BBC News
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- an age-old royal challenge
a very old problem or puzzle for people in the royal family
- to fulfil your destiny
to do what you were born or destined to do (for example Prince William was born to be King)
trying to do or achieve something, usually over a long period of time
- he's patron of
he's a very important supporter of
- to improve their self-confidence
to make them feel more confident about their own abilities and themselves, to give them a more positive attitude about what they can do and achieve
- to make a difference
to make things better, to improve them
- there's a time and a place for being an ornament
while it's appropriate at certain times to be someone that people want to look at, to be on display, at other times, it isn't. (An ornament is an object that is nice to look at but not very useful)
- being at an engagement
attending a public function
- actually doing stuff
being actively involved, participating (rather than just being an observer)
- doing a slightly different angle
thinking about things in a different or unconventional way (note: the usual expression is 'coming at it from a different angle')