Published On: Wed, Jun 17th, 2020

Prince Charles news: Prince Charles warns of consequence of coronavirus on youth | Royal | News

The Prince of Wales aded that it is vital to now “prevent this crisis from defining the prospects of a generation”. His Prince’s Trust is oriented towards helping young people, so has spoken of his concerns of a “terrible downward spiral” for those facing a “double disaster” of the coronavirus crisis and its economic effects.

He added that “desperately high numbers of lives and livelihoods” are already endangered, but also young people are often “hardest hit” in moments of economic crisis, currently working in sectors which have “borne the brunt of this crisis”.

Prince Charles’ warning comes as people continue to worry about the broader effect of the pandemic as well as the lockdown.

More than 1,500 paediatricians have written an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, cautioning of the “enormous” anguish faced due to the lack of access to schools which threatens with “scarring the life changes of a generation of young people”.

Yesterday, private schools suggested they could reopen to state schools students over the summer.

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) argued it could potentially help “close the disadvantage gap”.

In a message to The Prince’s Trust, commenting as figures revealed the number of jobless young people has doubled in two months, Prince Charles said: “Young people now need your support more than ever. Their future is on the line.

“But together we can prevent this crisis from defining the prospects of a generation.”

Unemployment among 18 to 24-year-olds has doubled between March and May, according to figures from the ONS.

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The Prince has cautioned the issues now facing disadvantaged young people “have gone from serious to potentially devastating”.

He added that the problems facing children today were worse than when he created the Prince’s Trust in 1976.

He set up the Trust the same year of the IMF rescue which resulted in the Winter of Discontent two years later.

Presenting his “heartfelt wishes to young people” amid the “deeply worrying health crisis”, the Prince said: “In times of economic hardship it is often young people who are hardest hit and we know that many under twenty-fives work in sectors such as hospitality and tourism, which have borne the brunt of this crisis.

“We also know the difficulties faced by a disrupted education, the loss of entry level jobs, and rising unemployment.

“It is a real challenge to thrive in the midst of chaos and economic disorder.

“But this is why my trust was set up, to help people to a better future.”

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