The Prince of Wales was mobbed by a crowd during a visit to south London, where he met young people who have found work through his charity.
A woman was heard telling Prince Charles that ‘we thank you for coming’, while others took pictures of the royal.
the prince was joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as they visited the Walworth branch of JD Sports, to speak to young people aged 16 to 24 who had been helped through the government’s Kickstart program by The Prince’s Trust.
As they walked down the street, a crowd surrounded the couple and a woman appeared to ask Mr Sunak to take a photo of her and the prince.
The scheme was set up in September 2020 by the Chancellor to provide young people with work opportunities, after youth unemployment peaked at around 15% at the start of the pandemic.
Charles shook hands with members of the crowd before heading inside, where he spoke to those involved with the program.
The prince, who replaced his mother during the Queen’s Speech this Tuesdaymet a number of people, some of whom worked at the fashion store.
Pav Soor, 24, said he was rejected from more than 400 jobs before joining Marks & Spencer as a kickstarter.
“It just made me feel like I had no value,” he said of his 18 months out of work.
Mr Soor added he was impressed after speaking to the prince, describing it as ‘more of a chat with a friend’.
Mr Soor said: “He was interested in our travels, our personal journeys. He spoke to each of us individually and asked how you got here.
“There is a stigma behind a higher power not really being aware of what the younger generation is doing, but I was really happy to see that stigma go away.”
Mollie McCaldon, who is an employee of JD Gyms, spoke to Charles about her job and said he was “interested in your choices.”
Mr Sunak, who was recently seen wearing a £335 pair of trainers from Selfridges, confessed to a JD executive that he has a ‘weakness in trainers’.
He asked a group if they got a store discount and said “wow” when told the staff got a 25% discount.
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