Prince Harry surprised traders and members of the public with a visit to London's Borough Market on Thursday, June 15. The Queen's grandson made the unannounced visit to the local shops the day after it re-opened, following the June 3 terror attack that claimed the lives of eight people. Harry was all smiles as he chatted with vendors and restaurateurs who were affected by the atrocity. "The strength of this community and London as a whole is magic," the royal said during his outing to the market.
VER GALERÍA Harry paid a visit to the Borough Market the day after the shop opened following the recent terror attack Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Locals and tourists have been encouraged to go back to the market and support the small businesses. A Kensington Palace noted on social media: "Prince Harry wanted to show support for the community and to help spread the message that the vibrant market is open for business." Meghan Markle's boyfriend was met by Borough Market security officer Ganga Garbuja, who was first on the scene and led several people to safety the night of the attack.
Harry also spoke to trader Matt Jones from Bread Ahead, whose staff helped fight off the terrorists on the night of the horrific incident. Matt told the Prince: "The business was in full operation. I was at home at the time but I had staff working on the night of the attack. Two of them got involved throwing bread crates at the attackers to try and save one of the women being attacked. It was really bad."
VER GALERÍA The Prince spoke to vendors and locals during a visit which spread the message the the market was officially open for business Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Clearly tempted by the delicious jam-filled donuts, the Prince treated his sweet tooth and bought a box to take home. Prince George's uncle beau was able to sample some of the fresh produce as he stopped by the various stalls, including the Borough Cheese Company and Paul Wheeler Fresh Supplies, who was sending fruit and vegetables to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Borough Market, which is London's oldest food market, was extremely busy on the night of the attack. Harry thanked restaurant and bar staff who helped save lives.
While out on Thursday, the 32-year-old also met Jack Appleby, who got people to safety by pulling the shutters down on the Market Porter pub. As the Prince's 45-minute visit came to an end, Borough Market managing director Darren Henaghan said, "It is absolutely marvelous that Prince Harry came here today. It means a great deal to everyone connected with the market."