Prince William Not Just an 'Ornament'
Trying to make his 'own way', he and Harry throw themselves into charitable projects
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
Prince William stands beside Sir David Attenborough at The Darwin Centre, part of The Natural History Museum, in London Monday Sept. 14, 2009.   (AP Photo / David Parker, Pool)
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(Newser) – Prince William wants to be more than just an “ornament,” and is working with his brother on charities in an attempt to find his "own way," he tells the BBC. He and Prince Harry formed the Princes’ Charities Forum to help groups pool resources, and a patron who works with him says the forum is “much more than a gimmick.” One homeless teen who recently met William found him “dead down to earth.”

“There's a time and a place for being an ornament as such. Or you know, shaking hands and being at an engagement and showing support in that way,” Wills says. “But I think there's an awful lot more from actually doing stuff. And this is an example of what I just want to be actually more involved in.”