Prince Andrew became the latest royal to break customs as he claimed Brexit is “irrelevant” to British entrepreneurs. Members of the Royal Family traditionally avoid being drawn into political discussions to maintain their neutrality but the Duke of York candidly insisted business will continue to succeed whether Britain is a member of the European Union or not. He told ITV News: “Businesses we see could be successful either inside a large internal market, or operating in an even larger external market.
“There are swings and roundabouts to all these sorts of things.”
Prince Andrew made the comments during an event organised by Pitch@Palace, a business-oriented charity the Duke of York founded to support entrepreneurs and help them expand their projects.
The scheme has generated over £900 million and helped create over 3,000 jobs in 62 countries.
The Duke of York continued: “What we are creating, and what we are generating through schools, universities and businesses and people finding that they have found something they want to solve – if they want to create a business in order to do that, that carries on regardless.
“Barring war, I suspect, and even in war, we might find even more – this is something that will continue happening because the pipeline starts at primary school in order to generate entrepreneurial thinking.
“What is actually going on in the rest of the country is pretty much irrelevant.”
During the interview, Prince Andrew dodged questions about his relationship with his former wife, Sarah Ferguson, amid speculation the couple rekindled their romance. The Duke did however admit he was happy he could count on the support of his family in his business endeavors.
The Duchess of York was spotted at the Pitch@Palace event on Wednesday standing alongside her former husband as he chatted with other attendees.
Over the past few months, posts the Duchess shared on her social media platforms fuelled claims Fergie and Prince Andrew had reunited. Earlier this year, the couple travelled to Bahrain together with their daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, and reunited again during Trooping the Colours.
Prince Andrew was the latest member of the Royal Family to join the Brexit debate after Prince William on Tuesday discussed the highly divisive topic with farmers in Cumbria.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with members of the rural farming community, who expressed concerns about the impact quitting the EU would have on their business.
Royal expert Robert Jobson admitted to being “surprised” the prince openly asked about the issue despite both William and the Queen urging the country to come together on the issue.
Speaking to Sunrise, Mr Jobson said: “They’re supposed to be non-party, bipartisan. They can be political, they can intervene.
“In fact, the Queen and Prince William have both given speeches about trying to heal the nation after Brexit because it’s a really thorny issue.
“I was surprised he raised it so directly because you’re obviously going to get a pretty political response.
“But they’re not totally against trying to get to grips of how Brexit is impacting communities, I think that’s he was trying to get at.”
Published at Wed, 12 Jun 2019 23:48:00 +0000