Prince Charles chats with market traders in Cambridge

Pose for a selfie! The Prince of Wales appeared in great spirits today as he headed to Cambridge

The Prince of Wales appeared in great spirits today as he headed to Cambridge to open a new £1billion AstraZeneca research and development facility in the city.

Prince Charles, 73, started his day by visiting the market and speaking with traders while viewing their stalls.

Later, the heir to the throne formally opened a new AstraZeneca research centre, as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline. 

AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against COVID-19 to market.

Pose for a selfie! The Prince of Wales appeared in great spirits today as he headed to Cambridge

The Prince of Wales is greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, during a visit to Cambridge

The Prince of Wales is greeted by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, during a visit to Cambridge

But while the company is setting up a separate division for vaccine and antibody therapies in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it has also beefed up other areas of research.

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca completed the $39billion purchase of rare-disease specialist Alexion.

‘Our new Discovery Centre in Cambridge raises the bar for sustainable R&D and global collaboration across our industry,’ Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said in a statement.

‘It will allow us to break new boundaries in the understanding of disease biology, bring life-changing medicines to patients and power the next stage of our company’s growth.’ 

Prince Charles (pictured), 73, started his day by visiting the market and speaking with traders while viewing their stalls

Prince Charles (pictured), 73, started his day by visiting the market and speaking with traders while viewing their stalls

Later, the heir to the throne (pictured left) formally opened a new AstraZeneca research centre, as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline

Later, the heir to the throne (pictured left) formally opened a new AstraZeneca research centre, as the company aims to fuel the growth of its drug pipeline

AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against COVID-19 to market. Pictured, Charles, right, in Cambridge

AstraZeneca has supplied two billion doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, developed at Oxford University, and is also looking to bring a preventative antibody cocktail against COVID-19 to market. Pictured, Charles, right, in Cambridge

Prince Charles (pictured) will take a walking tour of the centre and give a short address at the opening

Prince Charles (pictured) will take a walking tour of the centre and give a short address at the opening

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca completed the $39billion purchase of rare-disease specialist Alexion. Pictured, The Prince of Wales during a visit to Cambridge Market to meet traders and view stalls

Charles, pictured, during a visit to Cambridge Market

Earlier this year, AstraZeneca completed the $39billion purchase of rare-disease specialist Alexion. Pictured, The Prince of Wales during a visit to Cambridge Market to meet traders and view stalls

AstraZeneca, which has a large portfolio of treatments for diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, said the centre would support research into specialised medicines and next-generation therapeutics, including gene-editing and cell therapies.

Prince Charles took a walking tour of the centre and gave a short address at the opening. 

It comes after the BBC was accused of giving credibility to ‘overblown and unfounded claims’ about the Royal Family last night as it broadcast a controversial documentary about William and Harry – which also included an interview from Meghan Markle’s lawyer. 

Lunch is served! Prince Charles is shown the food on offer at one market stall in the city

Lunch is served! Prince Charles is shown the food on offer at one market stall in the city

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public during a visit to Cambridge Market

The Prince of Wales meets members of the public during a visit to Cambridge Market

Taking an interest: Prince Charles appears to listen intently as he speaks to one market trader

Taking an interest: Prince Charles appears to listen intently as he speaks to one market trader

In an extraordinary joint statement, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House last night said it was ‘disappointing’ that the broadcaster had chosen to air allegations surrounding Harry and Meghan’s departure from Britain.

Lawyers for the Royal Family were on standby over the two-part BBC2 series which included claims by Omid Scobie – a royal journalist dubbed ‘Meghan’s mouthpiece’ – that insiders from other royal households had briefed against the Sussexes. 

Buckingham Palace has reportedly threatened a boycott on future projects with the BBC after courtiers were not allowed to view the programme before the first episode was aired last night. 

Though the Palace only provided a written statement, the episode featured an appearance from Jenny Afia, a lawyer from Schillings who represents Meghan.  

Nice to meet you: The Prince of Wales meets members of the public during a visit to Cambridge Market

Nice to meet you: The Prince of Wales meets members of the public during a visit to Cambridge Market

The heir to the throne speaks with a market trader who runs a floral stall as he tours Cambridge

The heir to the throne speaks with a market trader who runs a floral stall as he tours Cambridge

Fancy a new book, sir? Prince Charles chats to a market trader who runs a book stall in Cambridge

Fancy a new book, sir? Prince Charles chats to a market trader who runs a book stall in Cambridge

The show’s presenter, BBC media editor and Radio 4 presenter Amol Rajan, said Ms Afia was speaking with the Duchess’ permission.

In a rare on-camera interview, she insisted bullying claims printed about the Duchess were ‘false’ and said she rejected the ‘narrative’ that the former Suits actress was ‘difficult to work with’.

Meanwhile, in a strongly worded joint statement, given to the BBC ahead of last night’s broadcast, the three royal households representing the Queen, Charles and William said: ‘A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

‘However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.’

Prince Charles is shown around by Chairman AstraZenaca Leif Johansson (L), CEO AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot (2nd R) and Executive Vice-President of Biopharmaceuticals R&D AstraZenaca Mene Pangalos during a visit at the AstraZenaca global Research and Development facility at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Prince Charles is shown around by Chairman AstraZenaca Leif Johansson (L), CEO AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot (2nd R) and Executive Vice-President of Biopharmaceuticals R&D AstraZenaca Mene Pangalos during a visit at the AstraZenaca global Research and Development facility at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Prince Charles is greeted by UK's Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance during a visit at the AstraZenaca global Research and Development facility at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Prince Charles is greeted by UK’s Chief Scientific Advisor Patrick Vallance during a visit at the AstraZenaca global Research and Development facility at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Prince Charles is shown around by CEO AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot (L) Chairman AstraZenaca Leif Johansson (2nd R), and Executive Vice-President of Biopharmaceuticals R&D AstraZenaca Mene Pangalos (R)

Prince Charles is shown around by CEO AstraZeneca Pascal Soriot (L) Chairman AstraZenaca Leif Johansson (2nd R), and Executive Vice-President of Biopharmaceuticals R&D AstraZenaca Mene Pangalos (R)

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