Prince Andrew has said he sees “no reason” why businesses in the UK can’t survive after the UK leaves the EU.
The Duke of York, who spent time with Donald Trump during his recent state visit, said he got a sense that Brexit would make “ no difference” to ongoing UK/US relations.
The Royal Family are supposed to be impartial but, in a significant breach of protocol, the Queen’s second son has waded into the Brexit debate.
Prince Andrew said: “Businesses we see could be successful either inside a large internal market, or operating in an even larger external market.
“There are swings and roundabouts to all these sort of things.”
He said: “The conversations that were had were entirely constructive and positive – from both the President, Prime Minister and ministers on both sides.
“I got a sense it made no difference whether we were staying in or leaving, there was still going to be a very close relationship with the United States on a whole range of issues – not least in the business world.”
He said the state visit showed “on the widest scale” the bond between the UK and the US remains “sound and good” and that he believes it will stay that way “regardless of whether we stay in, or leave, the European Union.”
The Duke made the comments during an interview at an event for businesses involved in the Pitch@Palace, a scheme which has created almost 6,000 jobs and generated more than £1.1 billion of economic activity.
He said the scheme would continue to give rise to entrepreneurs and believes they would continue to excel in all circumstances “barring war”.
Adding: “What is actually genuinely going on in the rest of the country is pretty much irrelevant.”