The Prince of Wales sipped whisky served by a former drug addict now running a thriving hospitality business following support from his Prince’s Trust.
Ryan Longmuir, who started Regis Banqueting 18 years ago after receiving a £5,000 load from Charles’ charity, said it was good to meet the future king as he and staff worked serving guests at the Clydeside Distillery venue in Glasgow.
“Aye, it’s great meeting him. I was a drug dealer and drug addict, but my faith helped me turn things around and make me be the best I can,” he said.
The business leader, who now employs 125 staff and has a thriving hospitality company, said: “I started with the idea ‘how can you help the poor if you’re poor’ and so started a business.”
William and Kate chatted to some of the duke’s Earthshot Prize winners and finalists during the event, which followed the glittering Earthshot awards ceremony staged a few weeks ago.
At one point, the duke told one group: “There’s a bright future for all of you”, adding “well done guy’s I’m so proud of you”.