Prince Charles meets young people in his last public engagement before saying goodbye to Barbados

Prince Charles bid farewell to Barbados today after a trip of less than 48 hours that saw his status in the Caribbean nation totally transformed. Prior to his departure, however, he was able to see the work efforts that will continue as before his Prince’s Trust did in the country.

Charles met young people assisted by Prince’s Trust International at a reception at Ilaro Court, the official residence of the Prime Minister of Barbados, during his last public engagement before returning to the UK. It was their second or third meeting with some and they congratulated the program for creating opportunities and opening doors.

“I was at home … I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life.” said a youngster named Kyle. “The program taught me discipline… I had to find a goal.

Another participant, Aisha, became a police officer after being encouraged by the Prince’s Trust to practice. “At first I was worried because I never thought I could be a police officer,” she said. “It’s been a long process, but here I am. I think it’s a great initiative, to give young people a chance to get involved in something.

Prince Charles established the Prince’s Trust in 1967 using his Royal Navy severance pay of £ 7,400 to help disadvantaged young people. It has been operating in Barbados since 2016 and manages all of the programs it runs in the UK with partners like the Barbados Youth Business Trust.

“Since the success here, we have received more inquiries from Caribbean countries,” said Prince’s Trust CEO Martina Miburn. CGV. “Everything we do is designed to help young people find jobs or become self-employed … There are a lot of young people who are very keen to be supported. She added that Prime Minister Mia Mottley “has been fantastic and has also personally invested $ 1.5 million Bajan from government money.”

As the Republic of Barbados is in the process of removing the word “royal” from institutions and erasing the Crown from their national life, the work of the Prince’s Trust in the region will continue as before. “Because we work with local partners and it’s very ingrained in the community, nothing changes from our point of view, we just keep doing it and hopefully we grow and do more”, Martina Milburn said.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley also met some of the young people, including Akeme Cox, who participated in the Trust’s first program launched in Barbados in 2016 and has since started a successful hot sauce and restaurant business Paradise Eats.

The event came after Prime Minister Mia Mottley thanked the prince in a speech this morning, describing him as a “man ahead of his time” in his approach to climate change and helping young people.

The prince had directly addressed Britain’s colonial history in his own speech Monday night after Barbados was declared a republic. He spoke of “the appalling atrocity of slavery, which forever sullies our history”.

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