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Farmers warn Prince William of ‘dire’ future

Kate and woolly ’un: The Duchess tries her hand at sheep shearing yesterday PICTURE: PA

PRINCE WILLIAM was told the ‘worst case post-Brexit scenario is absolutely dire’ during a visit to farmers in Cumbria.

The warning came from Adam Day, managing director of the Farming Network help group, who said members feared being hit by export tariffs and a ‘black hole’ in subsidy payments.

He spoke out as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had a taste of life as sheep farmers.

The couple tried sheep shearing at Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale.

William and cake: The couple enjoy a warm welcome PICTURE: GETTY

Afterwards, Chris Brown, 67, and his son Jimmy, 41, who run the farm, took them into their kitchen where they met other farmers for a discussion over mugs of tea and cake.

The Duke asked the farmers about how Brexit had affected them, saying: ‘Is that something you’re worried about?’

Sam Rawling, who runs a farm in Ennerdale which has been in his family for 500 years, said: ‘It is a bit of a concern, I wouldn’t want to be the last generation after 500 years.’

Earlier in the day, William and Kate met a dog called Harry in Keswick. The couple patted the springer spaniel and met his owner, Kerry Irving, who uses his dogs to help others get outdoors to fight depression and poor mental health.

Charity concert: Rita Ora and Prince Harry last night PICTURES: PA

The royal couple are known to be dog lovers, owning an English cocker spaniel. Mr Irving said: ‘Kate was talking about her dog and she said, “Your dogs are so calm. Maybe we should lend you Lupo”.’

Meanwhile, Prince Harry was joined on stage by singer Rita Ora at a concert in aid of his Sentebale charity at Hampton Court Palace last night.

The event was billed as a celebration of African and Western culture, raising awareness and funds for children and young people with HIV and Aids in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi. Other acts included INALA, a Zulu ballet featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir, and 2018 Britain’s Got Talent finalists, the choir B Positive.