Few people get the chance to meet the royals but even fewer get the chance to say they sold the future King Charles III a Big Issue magazine.
But that was the case for vendor Karl Grierson 22 years ago.
As Charles ascends to the throne, veteran seller Grierson recalled the time he pushed through the crowds outside Peterborough Cathedral in 2000 to offer the then-Prince of Wales the chance to buy the magazine.
“I didn’t expect to sell the Big Issue to Prince Charles on the actual day, I was a young boy and it was a bet I had with a mate. I pushed through the crowd and cheekily asked if he wanted to buy a Big Issue,” said 46-year-old Grierson, who is still selling the magazine, now outside Poundland in Edinburgh.
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“I didn’t get to speak to him that long but from the time I did he was just like a normal person. He was very jolly and he actually had to get one of his aides to buy the Big Issue off me. That’s how long ago it was, the Big Issue cost a pound.
“Then he just walked off, it happened so quickly. He was just normal and down to earth.”