The Prince of Wales visited a NatWest branch in Brixton on Thursday, to meet entrepreneurs helped by his charity, The Prince’s Trust.
Charles had a magical encounter with one of the entrepreneurs, Chris Wall, who asked him to think of a colour, a number and the name of a person in order to demonstrate his magical skills.
The Prince replied ‘blue, 12’ but struggled to think of a name but eventually going with ‘George’ – seemingly about his eldest grandson, Prince George.
The magician went on to reveal one of his business cards, with the exact same answers as what Charles had given. Mr Wall had written the Prince’s prediction down on a business card and put it face down on a table.
He told the future King that he ‘could be wrong, I’ve been wrong before’, but assured him there was ‘something for you in my wallet’ if he got it wrong.
“So we have cash, an NUS card which gets you a free McFlurry and contactless debit card which you can get up to £100 now,” he said.
He then got the Prince to name a playing card. The Royal chose the ace of clubs. Prince Charles remarked: “Very impressive. It really is. You can keep that as a memento of our time together.”
The magician, Chris Reads Minds, was supported by the Prince’s Trust through the ‘Enterprise’ programme, when he became unemployed after a work contract ended in 2019 just before the start of the pandemic.
The Enterprise Relief Fund was an emergency fund set up by your Trust and NatWest during the pandemic in 2020. The fund provided emergency grants to young people under 30 who were self-employed and ran a business but did not qualify for government support.
A total of £3.7 million in grants were awarded. An additional 351 young people have received a grant funded by NatWest through the “Enterprise” programme.
Prince Charles met several local politicians, including councillor Jacqui Dyer, who told Charles that not had he awarded her with an honour for services to mental health, but that they also shared the same birthday, November 14th.
Charles, who will celebrate his 73rd birthday this weekend, beamed and said: “Us scorpios need to stick together.”
He chatted with Keshia East, who described the help given to her by the Prince’s Trust enterprise scheme as invaluable. She has gone on to set up her own award-winning range of environmentally-friendly hair styling tools, with an emphasis on afro and curly hair, called NoKnotCo, made from plant cellulose.
The Prince of Wales proceeded to thank senior leaders at NatWest for their continued support in contributing to The Prince’s Trust programmes.
HRH was greeted by crowds of people as he left the branch, with one man asking him “How is your mother?”
The Prince of Wales reassured the crowd his mother, The Queen, is ‘alright’.
The Queen has been on rest on orders from her doctors. She recently spent a night in hospital for ‘preliminary investigations’ but still conducted business virtually.
It has been confirmed that the Monarch will be attending the Remembrance Sunday event at Cenotaph this weekend, but will not be at the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday evening at the Royal Albert Hall.
However, the event on Saturday will be led by The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, along with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Earl and Countess of Wessex, and The Princess Royal.