Prince William was just seen in Pret-a-Manger working the registers and we love with how down to earth he is

Yes, Prince William role-played as a barista for the day!

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On a recent royal engagement, Prince William was seen working the registers at Pret-a-Manger - and he was wearing the apron and everything!

Imagine this, if you will - you walk into Pret-a-Manger for your morning coffee, as you always do. To your surprise, none other than Prince William is behind the counter, serving you your morning pastry and coffee, wishing you well as you make your purchase. This was the reality for many residents of Bournemouth, England this morning as they entered the coffee chain, as Prince William visited their local Pret location as part of his pledge for his newly developed project, the Homewards programme.

The Homewards programme, which aids in the aim to end homelessness, is based out of Bournemouth - and Pret is partnering with them to give jobs to over 500 people who are unhoused in the area, as well as the whole of the UK.

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Prince William and the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales started the Homewards program, so it only makes sense that the Prince would want to put a face to his work and visit one of the businesses that is helping the organization work toward its goals. 

While he was visiting the Bournemouth Pret location, he was seen behind registers, helping out employees, and shaking the hands of fans both indoors and outside of the shop. One of those fans was the legendary footballer Paul Gascoigne (also known as Gazza), with whom Prince William even shared a kiss on the cheek.

After their pleasant exchange, William commented cheerily that it had been a "very interesting morning."

The Prince and Princess of Wales' official Instagram account recounted the event this morning, documenting all of the best parts of William's visit. 

"Breaking the cycle of homelessness, @Pret’s Rising Stars programme provides people with everything they need to find and keep a job. / Great to see that in action here today and hear how collaboration with @HomewardsUK is helping to expand it ☕," they captioned the post. 

In the comments, fans were delighted by William's philanthropic work and were excited to see some work put into action from Homewards. 

"Prince William is very sincere about his Homewards Programe to end homelessness as much as it's possible to do so. I couldn't be more proud of the man Prince William has become," one fan commented. 

"That's amazing the boss is back. Very good work from the Prince of Wales 👏👏❤️," another said. 

One person acknowledged Prince William's seemingly great listening skills. "I love how intently he’s looking at the man in the vest. He’s really listening to the other person," they said.

Madeline Merinuk
US Lifestyle News Writer

Madeline Merinuk is woman&home's US lifestyle news writer, covering celebrity, entertainment, fashion, and beauty news.

She graduated in 2021 with a B.A. in Journalism from Hofstra University, winning multiple student journalism awards, including a National Hearst Award, during her time there. After graduating, she worked at, the digital site for the Today Show, where she wrote pop culture news and interviewed big-name personalities like Emily Ratajkowski, Haley Lu Richardson, Emma Corrin, and more.

Her personal interests, in no particular order, are: cheese, Joni Mitchell, reading, hot yoga, traveling, having multiple chapsticks in every handbag at all times, and dancing to ABBA songs as if she were in the Mamma Mia movies.