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.
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.