Prince William revealed he is a fan of Nando’s after being introduced to the restaurant chain by one of his detectives.
William told Robert Brozin, who co-founded the brand in South Africa 31 years ago, that he had sampled his food when he met him today at a Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) event in London.
Pointing to his police protection officer, William said: ‘This man here is your biggest fan, he’s introduced me to Nandos. It’s very good. He should buy a stake in Nandos.’
William, 36, joins the ranks of high-profile fans of the chain, which is famed for its spicy Peri Peri chicken dishes, including Oprah Winfrey, Jay Z, David Beckham, Ricky Gervais and Rihanna.
Prince William has revealed that he is a fan of the restaurant Nando’s during a visit to the Commonwealth Youth Forum on Tuesday
The royal was attending the Next Generation Impact Entrepreneurs Forum – a joint session of the Commonwealth Youth and Business Forums – at the QEII Centre in Westminster.
Delegates included philanthropists and representatives from the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE), a network supported by the Commonwealth Youth Forum.
Robert Brozin, who co-founded Nandos in Johannesburg in 1987, said: ‘I’m not surprised he’s eaten at Nando’s.
‘The beauty of Prince Harry and Prince William is that they’re really accessible and they are guys that go out a lot – I’m very happy that they’ve tried it.
‘I was certain they would have tried it because they’re so accessible they’re people’s people, which is so nice.’
The Duke of Cambridge told Robert Brozin, who co-founded the brand, that he was introduced to the chain by one of his detectives. Pictured: William shakes hands with delegates at today’s forum in London
The royal was attending the Next Generation Impact Entrepreneurs Forum – a joint session of the Commonwealth Youth and Business Forums – at the QEII Centre in Westminster
William also spoke about his ambitions for the Royal Foundation, which he founded with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and which Meghan Markle
Mr Brozin added: ‘I want to share with the young Commonwealth entrepreneurs about the opportunities that are available and how to reach out.’
Asked about the secret of his success he replied: ‘The people that work for us and the product obviously, it’s the people that make the chicken.’
William also spoke about his ambitions for the Royal Foundation, which he founded with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and which Meghan Markle will join as fourth patron after she and Harry marry in May.
He told delegates: ‘We, as the Royal Foundation, can help lead, but if we can connect to some of those bigger foundations in the world and come together with one message, imagine the focus and the change.
Prince William later met with Tanzania’s vice president Samia Suluhu during an audience at Buckingham Palace who presented him with a stunning painting
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta also met with the prince on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM)
‘I like the idea of a team. It’s all about how we work together.’
The roundtable discussion was led by Robert Pattle, Vice Chairman of Standard Chartered Private Bank, a former equerry of the Prince of Wales who also served as Master of the Household at Clarence House.
Chatting to delegates before taking his seat, William joked: ‘He’s very organised, he’s very impressive. I don’t know where he’s learned that from.’
One of the delegates also wished William luck as he prepares to become a father of three, with wife Kate due to give birth any day now.
Simon McMurtrie, of Thames Chairman and Consultancy Services, told him: ‘Good luck with number three child,’ to which William smiled and said ‘Thanks.’
THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’S COMMONWEALTH SPEECH
Good morning to everyone and thank you for inviting me.
Just now, I was fascinated to talk some of you more detail with some of you about the business ventures you have championed – so successfully – across the Commonwealth.
I heard how impact investment and philanthropy are helping to encourage social change and how many of you here in this room are empowering others to achieve the same.
As I have travelled across the Commonwealth and here in the UK, I have always been impressed by the ingenuity, the drive and commitment of those I meet behind small and medium sized companies particularly.
When Catherine and I visited India in 2016, we were completely blown away by the innovation on display in the Indian businesses we met – from Formula E-Cars and new ways of teaching braille.
I understand this is the first time the Youth and Business Forums have met together in CHOGM week. But given the importance of the issues you are discussing today – from tackling youth unemployment to nurturing entrepreneurs of the future – I hope that this joint session will continue at future CHOGMs as we go forward.
Just as importantly, I hope today and this week will bring opportunities, many many opportunities, to build meaningful networks and valuable partnerships for you to take forward.
Good luck and thank you.
In his opening remarks to the Forum, which explored what the Commonwealth can do to encourage, empower and connect entrepreneurs, the prince said: ‘As I have travelled across the Commonwealth and here in the UK, I have always been impressed by the ingenuity, the drive and commitment of those I meet behind small and medium sized companies particularly.
‘When Catherine and I visited India in 2016, we were completely blown away by the innovation on display in the Indian businesses we met – from Formula E-Cars and new ways of teaching braille.’
He added that he hoped the Youth and Business Forums would continue to team up in future, saying: ‘Given the importance of the issues you are discussing today – from tackling youth unemployment to nurturing entrepreneurs of the future – I hope that this joint session will continue at future CHOGMs as we go forward.’
Later on Tuesday Prince William welcomed the Vice President of Tanzinia and President of Kenya to Buckingham Palace.
Tanzania’s vice president Samia Suluhu presented him with a stunning painting of a landscape of elephants, much to the prince’s delight.
The President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta also met with the prince on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting
Senior members of the royal family are involved in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London which will see leaders from across the globe take part in a two-day summit.
In the run-up to the start of the talks on Thursday forums are being staged where issues from gender politics to the environment are being discussed.
The session, at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in central London, includes philanthropists who will talk about the role they can play in supporting new entrepreneurship, and investing in the next generation.
The session will explore what the Commonwealth can do to encourage, empower and connect entrepreneurs across the network.
During the day the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will attend the Commonwealth Big Lunch at the conference centre.
Charles will also meet civil society representatives from the People’s Forum and join representatives from the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network and selected Youth Forum delegates for a roundtable discussion on the work of young people in the Commonwealth.
The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Charles Bowman, will host representatives from all 53 Commonwealth nations at a banquet at Guildhall on Tuesday evening.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is among the speakers at the event which will also be attended by senior City, business and charity representatives.