Prince Charles of Wales to visit Antigua & Barbuda

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles will arrive at the V.C. Bird International Airport this afternoon where he will spend a night in Antigua before flying to Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Dominica over the next three days as he makes his first visit to three Caribbean island nations to meet survivors of hurricanes Irma & Maria.

While in Antigua, the Prince will hold discussions with the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet, and will leave with the Minister of Barbuda Affairs, Arthur Nibbs for a flight to Barbuda on Saturday to meet survivors of Hurricane Irma and to witness the destruction and recovery efforts.

Accompanying Prince Charles on his three-nation Caribbean visit will be Penny Mordaunt, the new International Development Secretary, who replaced Priti Patel last week.

The British Government was criticised by some for the speed of its response in providing aid and support after Hurricane Irma struck the region however they have so far committed £62 million to the relief effort following Irma and Maria and has promised to match public commitments to the British Red Cross Appeal up to £3 million.