Prince Charles mobbed by crowd on street as he meets young people who found work through his charity | UK News

The Prince of Wales was mobbed by a crowd during a visit in south London, where he met young people who found work through his charity.

One woman was heard telling Prince Charles that “we appreciate you coming”, while others took pictures of the royal.

Tea prince was joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as they visited JD Sports’ Walworth branch, to speak to 16 to 24-year-olds who had been helped on to the government’s Kickstart Scheme by The Prince’s Trust.

Walking down the street, a crowd surrounded the pair and one woman seemed to ask Mr Sunak to take a picture of her and the prince.

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The Prince of Wales was mobbed by a crowd during a visit to a JD Sports store in south London
The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Chancellor Rishi Sunak meeting the public in Walworth, London, during a visit to a JD Sports store to meet with young people supported by The Prince's Trust through the UK Government's Kickstart Scheme .  Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022.
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Rishi Sunak joined Charles on the visit

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% early in the pandemic.

Charles shook hands with members of the crowd before heading inside, where he spoke to those involved in the program.

The prince, who stood in for his mother during the Queen’s Speech on Tuesdayputs a number of people including some who worked at the fashion store.

Pav Soor, 24, said he had been rejected from more than 400 jobs before joining Marks & Spencer as a kickstarter.

“It just made me feel like I have no worth,” he said of his 18 months out of work.

“It’s demoralizing.”

Handout photo issued by The Prince's Trust of the Prince of Wales meeting Pav Soor during a visit to St Peter's Church in Walworth, London, to meet with young people supported by The Prince's Trust through the UK Government's Kickstart Scheme.  Issue date: Wednesday May 11, 2022.
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Pav Soor benefited from the Kickstart Scheme, after he was rejected for over 400 jobs

Mr Soor added he was impressed after speaking to the prince, describing it as “more of a discussion with a friend”.

Mr Soor said: “He was interested in our journeys, in our personal journeys. He individually spoke to each of us and asked us how you got here.

“There’s a stigma behind a higher power not really being clued in with what the younger generation are doing, but I was really glad to see that stigma just wiped away.”

The Prince of Wales meeting the public in Walworth, London, during a visit to a JD Sports store to meet with young people supported by The Prince's Trust through the UK Government's Kickstart Scheme.  Picture date: Wednesday May 11, 2022.
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People stopped to shake hands with Prince Charles and take selfies with him

Mollie McCaldon, who is a JD Gyms employee, spoke to Charles about her job and said he was “interested in your choices”.

Mr Sunak, who was recently seen wearing a pair of £335 trainers from Selfridges, confessed to a JD executive that he had a “weakness for trainers”.

He asked one group if they received a store discount and said “wow” when he was told that staff get a 25% discount.

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