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Charity work is a piece of cake for Prince William at Diana's favourite cause

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The Prince dished out dessert at the 40th birthday of Centrepoint – the homeless charity of which his mother was patron
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Wills has clearly inherited his mother's easy manner with people and her caring nature
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17 DECEMBER 2009

It was clear to see that Prince William has inherited his mum's easy way with people and caring nature this week as he dished out dessert to guests at the 40th birthday party of charity Centrepoint. 

Diana would be doubly proud as the organisation, which helps homeless youngsters, was one which was particularly close to her heart - she was their patron.

Dressed casually in jeans and a jumper, the second-in-line to the throne did the honour of cutting the cake, hours after he had served up breakfast at a charity hostel in Soho.

"Obviously my breakfast skills are horrendous," he joked at the time. "I wasn't allowed to cook an egg without an hour's health and safety briefing."

Inspired by his mother's work with the charity, Wills has been their patron since 2005.

He spend an hour and 20 minutes chatting with young people at the party. "It's much more intimate than doing a big place all suited up," he said.

"For me it's much more rewarding and I think that's because there's a lot more feeling to it."

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