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Prince William joins a video call with business owners from Liverpool


Prince William yesterday warned of a "mental health disaster" if lockdowns stop people socializing.

His comments came on a video call with business executives in Liverpool, the first area of ​​England to be placed under the toughest third tier curbs.

They discussed the city's hospitality sector, which has been hit by draconian Covid-19 restrictions.

Entrepreneur Natalie Haywood said: "He was very well-being focused and spoke of the mental disaster Britain will face when people are not allowed to experience the social aspects of their lives."

A royal aide added, “The nation's mental health is always a priority. And only in the coming months will we see how much this is influenced by what is happening. "

The Duke of Cambridge was commended for a video call with two business owners facing Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions today. Pictured (top L-R) Natalie Haywood and DJ and producer Yousef, both from Liverpool

The Duke of Cambridge was lauded for a video call with two business owners facing Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions today. Pictured (top L-R) Natalie Haywood and DJ and producer Yousef, both from Liverpool

During a video call with entrepreneurs, the King discussed the challenges facing the hospitality industry.

Around 300 workers, from chefs to event organizers, protested outside parliament to ask for additional financial support.

Hopes for a revitalization of Main Street were dashed by a slump in shoppers and bar-goers due to new lockdowns and curfews. Visitor numbers across the country fell 3.1 percent last week.

Prince William spoke to Liverpool venue manager Natalie Haywood and nightclub DJ Yousef yesterday.

Miss Haywood, who has already been forced to lay off 40 of her 200 employees, said: “William was extremely sensitive to our situation and was eager to hear what was actually happening on the ground.

"He was very focused on the well-being of things and spoke of the mental health disaster Britain will face when people are not allowed to experience social aspects of their lives."

"Yousef told him that music, socializing and being with friends are central to managing people's mental health, and William totally agreed."

Firms forced to close in Level 3 areas can take advantage of the new Job Support System, which pays two-thirds of the wages of disabled employees.

However, in Tier 2 the financial support is much lower.

Miss Haywood said, "William agreed that we will not really see the real effects of the virus for many months, but has been encouraged that companies work together by trying to help one another."

"The problem for a lot of companies is that they are being strangled in Tier 2 and people are unsure or unable to socialize, but are told to stay open without support – that will be absolutely disastrous . "

William, pictured earlier this month, joined the call to "discuss the challenges they have faced due to the severe restrictions of their regions"

William, pictured earlier this month, joined the call to "discuss the challenges they have faced due to the severe restrictions of their regions"

In a video for Liverpool City Council on Friday, Natalie (pictured) explained the importance of the Emergency Fund to hundreds of businesses and jobs across the city

In a video for Liverpool City Council on Friday, Natalie (pictured) explained the importance of the Emergency Fund to hundreds of businesses and jobs across the city

A royal aide said mental health was "always a priority" for William and Kate.

When asked what prompted Williams' call, they said, "It is clear that different parts of the country are feeling the effects in different ways.

“The Duke has spent a lot of time speaking to affected communities across the country where he can. The nation's mental health is always a priority. And only in the coming months will we see how much this is influenced by what is happening. "

Leading retailers are warning of a total of 255,000 job losses by the end of this year. Regardless, the hospitality industry has raised the dire prospect of 750,000 job losses in pubs, restaurants and hotels by February next year.

Shopping trips and visits to bars or restaurants fell by around a third a year ago, and the situation is particularly bad in cities.

Well-known restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, who was present at the Westminster protest, said: “I don't think hospitality has been proven to spread the corona. If so, then close us all up and give us another vacation or you will kill really good business. "

The controversial decision to impose a curfew on pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m. reduced visitor frequency by an average of 4.5 percent after 6 p.m., compared to a smaller 2.4 percent decrease during the day.

It is alarming that the number of visitors to central London has fallen by 60 percent compared to 2019. According to experts from Springboard, which promotes the hotel industry, the decline in regional cities is around 50 percent.

It confirms the status of the "ghost town" of many once thriving cities.

Night Time Industries Association executive director Michael Kill said, "It's been terrible. We're going to see some disastrous results if companies choose to shut down."

Royal fans were quick to praise William for "checking in" difficult deals and "sending their love" to anyone affected by the new restrictions.

One royal fan wrote: “So kind of Prince William to check out the hospitality industry. It has been hardest hit, with many people struggling to keep their jobs or to get the hours they need to keep food on the table. & # 39;

Another said: "Liverpool are currently Tier 3 with the strictest restrictions. It's kind of the Duke to reach out to them at a difficult time."

"I am now sending my love to the hospitality sector in Liverpool as well as the rest of the UK," enthused a third.

Today the Duke became patron of two nature conservation charities after taking on the duties of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

The new patrons are from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Royal fans were quick to praise William for "checking in" at difficult companies and "sending their love" to those affected by the new restrictions

Royal fans were quick to praise William for “checking in” to difficult businesses and “sending their love” to those affected by the new restrictions

Prince William (pictured) became the patron of two conservation charities after taking on the duties of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

Prince William (pictured) became the patron of two conservation charities after taking on the duties of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh

The new patrons announced today are with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Pictured the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in June 2020

The new patrons announced today are with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Pictured the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in June 2020

The Duke of Cambridge, now back in London at Kensington Palace after being locked up with his family in his homestead Anm Hall in Norfolk, has a keen interest in preserving the natural environment for future generations.

He recently participated in an ITV documentary that followed him for two years as he embarked on a global mission to mobilize action for nature.

The King had also launched his Earthshot Awards initiative, aiming to reward 50 environmental pioneers with £ 1 million to help advance their work in addressing serious environmental problems.

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