EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: PRINCE EDWARD VISITS THE WEST WIGHT TO THANK VOLUNTEERS

His Royal Highness Prince Edward has paid a visit to the West Wight today (Tuesday) to thank those involved in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Edward arrived in Freshwater by Royal helicopter at just before 11:20, landing in the fields behind West Wight Sports & Community Centre.

It is at the centre where the Earl of Wessex met with volunteers from the West Wight who have helped the local community during the pandemic.

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Local dignitaries including the Lord-Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, Superintendent Sarah Jackson and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Apter attended the engagement, alongside Will Myles from Visit Isle of Wight and Steven Holbrook from the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.

A spokesperson for West Wight Sports & Community Centre has said:

“We were aware we would have a visitor today, but weren’t told who until the Earl of Wessex arrived.

“Prince Edward was interested in the work of our help hub, as well as the operation of the sports centre.”

Island Echo understands that Prince Edward has gone on to visit other locations, including Yarmouth High Street, with the Royal helicopter re-locating to Seaclose Park, Newport.

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His Royal Highness Prince Edward has paid a visit to the West Wight today (Tuesday) to thank those involved in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Derek mills
Derek mills
10 months ago

Waste of public money again !!!!

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  Derek mills
10 months ago

Typical Island mentality. Don’t want to do anything or work. Criticise anyone that that tries to help or work. That is why there are so many people like me who have been welcomed by firms on the Island.

John
John
Reply to  The oracle
10 months ago

Wow oracle, you’re really taken the propaganda to hart. It’s not what he is doing that I have issue with. It’s how he got there. Doing this stuff because of who his mother is and not if he is the best person for the job.
 
“A hereditary monarch is as absurd a position as a hereditary doctor or mathematician.”
 
― Thomas Paine

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  John
10 months ago

Heart. Learn to spell dimbo.!!

Banter bill
Banter bill
Reply to  The oracle
10 months ago

Pathetic

Banter bill
Banter bill
Reply to  The oracle
10 months ago

# BANTER

Eve Shipman
Eve Shipman
10 months ago

Why the uncalled-for nastiness? He’s not doing any harm, just trying to offer moral support.

anon
anon
Reply to  Eve Shipman
10 months ago

Not doing any harm that flight has cost the tax payer an awful lot of money. Money that could have gone to the charity.

R Horton
R Horton
10 months ago

More money wasted on a helicopter ride try using the ferry like the rest of us or use the money on buying all keys workers the proper equipment they need another royal wasting our cash fancy a biscuit with your tea your highness

YJC
YJC
10 months ago

Not one in the photos observing 2 metre social distancing

John
John
Reply to  YJC
10 months ago

Or face masks.
 
 
 

anon
anon
10 months ago

And how much has this cost the tax payer.
Would have been far better to have donated money than to have wasted it on a bloody helicopter trip.

Chocolate starfish .
Chocolate starfish .
Reply to  anon
10 months ago

Idiot

Chocolate starfish .
Chocolate starfish .
10 months ago

Racist prat

The Cats Paw
The Cats Paw
10 months ago

How nice of him to come personally to thank people.
 
Seems to me many on here have lost their loyalty to their country and would likely prefer something like Stormzy perched on the throne.
 
The country is doomed if the selection of postings here are a guide to the thoughts of the rest of the once proud British public.
 
God or perhaps Allah, help your children.

Peter Knight
Peter Knight
10 months ago

Did he meet any “ordinary” people?

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  Peter Knight
10 months ago

Ordinary people on the Isle of Wight? Joke.!!

Karn Evil 9
Karn Evil 9
Reply to  The oracle
10 months ago

If that were true, do you live here? if so, sod off.

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  Karn Evil 9
10 months ago

Yes, I do live here. Love it here, apart from the simple, small minded Islanders. No wonder firms are recruiting staff from the mainland.

Plato
Plato
Reply to  The oracle
10 months ago

Hit the nail on the head there. Big high six to you……

Marilyn O'Loughlin
Marilyn O'Loughlin
10 months ago

How fabulous! Well done and thank you Prince Edward for visiting this beautiful Island and thanking the well deserved people helping during this awful pandemic. Come again soon.

The oracle
The oracle
Reply to  Marilyn O'Loughlin
10 months ago

Thank you. Well said. I totally agree.

Level Phil
Level Phil
10 months ago

I have nothing against Prince Edward, but this trip was a total waste of money. Why couldn’t he have thanked the volunteers by way of a private video call or ‘Zoom’ meeting. The cash saved by cancelling this ‘Jolly’ could then have been used on something useful instead. Furthermore, such unnecessary travel by the Prince and his non-social distancing entourage can only be considered as a risk in the current climate.

realist
realist
10 months ago

so, this hypocrite, increases pollution unnecessarily, by travelling to the island by helicopter, whilst his brother and nephew are preaching about saving the planet, from their large carbon footprint homes, doesn’t wear a face covering, doesn’t observe social distancing and ignores the government advice about working from home. a zoom meeting would have achieved the same result.

His journey was a waste of public money, a risk to others and himself regarding covid and the only thing he has succeeded in doing, is boosting his own ego, with another opportunity to look down at the little people, in their tiny homes and impoverished states.

get rid – waste of our time and money.

John
John
10 months ago

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