The Duke of Cambridge, who celebrates his 40th birthday today, has revealed that he was “terrible” for falling asleep. William made the comments to David Martin, seller of The Big Issue, where he secretly joined him at his Westminster patch.
Martin Waldock sold 32 copies of the magazine in one hour, an amount that typically takes a week to sell, Martin said.
The duke said he enjoyed learning about Renaissance art but was starting to feel “a bit sleepy” when studying modern art.
As a result, he moved on to study geography and successfully graduated with a 2:1 ratio in 2005.
To celebrate his birthday, the Duke is featured on the front cover of The Big Issue.
He said, “I did a bit of art history at university.
“I had to give it up – I kept sleeping in the lectures… awful.
“We did a lot of Renaissance, which is amazing, but after we got into Art Nouveau, I started to get a little sleepy.”
William began studying at St Andrews near Edinburgh in 2001.
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“In the city, you pass in front of hundreds of people every day and you don’t even look at them.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to know more about the people on both sides?”
The Duke said his experience as a seller on the large editions was “really amazing”.
He added, “I wanted to try the other side and see what it was like for me to be a big issue seller.
“My time was really open. I was lucky to join Dave on a warm and sunny day in June.
“People recognized a familiar face and were happy to give me the time of day.
“But that’s not the case for the vast majority of Big Issue sellers, who sell year-round – including during the bleak winter months.”