Charles served a ‘wee dram’ by company his Prince’s Trust supported

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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.

Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited a distillery in Glasgow as part of Cop26.

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.

Cop26 – Glasgow
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the event at the distillery (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

“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”.

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