Student interviews Prince William for The Big Issue
Sophia Kichou invited to Kensington Palace to speak with Duke of Cambridge
Journalism student Sophia Kichou has interviewed Prince
William for the national magazine The Big
Sophia, who is a final-year student on the Journalism BA programme, was invited to Kensington Palace to speak with the Duke of Cambridge.
Prince William kept a promise that he made to the student four years ago, telling Sophia that one day she could interview him.
The pair first met when Sophia was staying at a hostel run by the charity Centrepoint, of which the Duke is a patron.
With the support of Centrepoint, Sophia was able to begin her studies at City and earlier this year was honoured by the Prince for her achievements at the charity’s first-ever awards ceremony.
She 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.”
During the interview, the pair spoke about youth homelessness, careers and Christmas, with Prince William beginning the conversation with the question, “So, you’re to Paxman me?”
The Duke 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.
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.
“George will be bouncing around like a rabbit,” he told Sophia. “If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it’ll be good!”
He added: “So that will be two children, one who suddenly appreciates Christmas, which could be quite challenging. But I’m looking forward to it.”
The exclusive interview was published in the Monday 7th December edition of The Big Issue, which is sold by homeless people.
Images: The Big Issue/ Louise Haywood-Schiefer