DUCHESS KATE is to swap the splendours of Kensington Palace for the dark streets of London by taking part in a rough sleeping night in aid of the homeless.

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Run by the charity Centrepoint, the rough-sleeping event, called Sleep Out, is fronted by Loose Women star Lisa Maxwell, who reports that it didn’t take much arm-twisting to get the Duchess involved.

“I work with Centrepoint and William’s our patron; we had a little do and they both came down,” Maxwell told The Mirror.

“She asked me about sleeping out, so I said: ‘Next time I do it, you’re doing it with me. No excuses, he’s done it.’ She said: ‘You’re on’.”

William took part in an earlier rough-sleeping night back in 2009.

“Prince William took away from the experience the importance of tackling all the issues that cause people to be homeless and stay homeless, from drug dependency to mental health problems,” read an official royal statement.

Duchess Kate is no stranger to hardship. Yesterday it was reported that, unlike other members of the royal family, the former Kate Middleton doesn’t feel the need to have a servant to dress her.

“She is acutely conscious that she is not yet a full-time working royal and feels it is pretty pointless, as well as extravagant, to have her own dresser,” said a source.