The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry cracked jokes with a Leeds stockbroker as they made multibillion-pound deals for charity on a City trading floor today
BGC lost 658 employees in the attack on the World Trade Centre 12 years ago, and its annual Charity Day, now in its ninth year, has so far raised more than 89 million dollars.
All profits from the trades during the course of the day are donated to good causes, including William’s SkillForce and Harry’s WellChild organisations.
The Princes each made a handful of high-value deals during their 50-minute visit.
At first they appeared a little timid, but they soon got into the swing of things as the raucous trading floor buzzed around them.
At one point William remarked to a broker: “Bloody hell, was that a billion?!”
After the trader nodded, he turned to Harry to say: “Apparently we should work here.”
During one of his deals, Harry urged the trader on the end of the line to put up more money.
“150? Why don’t we make that 200?” he said.
The last deal the brothers made was for 25 billion euros - a world record for a forward foreign exchange.
After the deal was struck, William remarked: “I’m much better at helicopters.”
But executive managing director at BGC Xavier Alcan, who listened in on William’s phone call, said he did well.
“He was very pleasant and very courteous,” he said.
“He was making enough effort to concentrate on the decision.”