Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Prince William Broke With Royal Tradition to Ask Sheep Farmers About Brexit

Prince William Broke With Royal Tradition to Ask Sheep Farmers About Brexit

The royal couple was welcomed to the Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale, 90 miles north of Manchester, where they took part in sheep shearing and met with farmers and residents over tea and cake.

He said farmers would be hit by export tariffs and by a "black hole" in subsidy payments. "William did want to know how people felt about Brexit", Teasdale said.

He was also seen shearing some of the family's flock during the trip.

William said: "It's a juggling act for you". Farmers told the royal couple that possible 40% tariffs on sheep, combined with a loss of European Union subsidies for farmers would bring about a "perfect storm".

Danny Teasdale, who runs a community interest company in Glenridding, said: "The conversation was really good and they were really interested. A lot of farming is an export market".

Earlier in the day, they met a four-legged friend called Prince Harry as they visited Keswick.

While stopping by Keswick Market, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with a pet owner named Kerry Irving and his three spaniels.

"She said Charlotte was looking forward to school".

William and Kate's fondness for dogs should come as no surprise to royal admirers.

The royal visitors are known to be dog lovers, owning an English cocker spaniel.

At one pointed Kate was seen greeting locals in Keswick Market, where she also stopped to pet three very cute dogs. "Maybe we should lend you Lupo, '" Irving said.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to the county of Cumbria in the Lake District to spend a day in a fabled corner of northwest England getting to know the locals and celebrating "the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities in the region", as Kensington Palace put it.

The pooch is being trained as a therapy dog alongside Paddy and Max.

Their visit to Keswick was billed as a way to meet volunteers from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, and mental health first aiders, who have received grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

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