Prince Harry closes £1billion trade deal as bankers bark out orders at Royal
Prince Harry has today closed a massive £1billion trade deal on a financial trading floor in London as part of a 9/11 charity event.
The Duke of Sussex, armed with three phones as traders barked orders at him, kept his cool as he managed to seal the transaction.
His done deal at BGC Partners in the capital’s Canary Wharf was one of the largest trades in the market over the past five years.
It was estimated to have raised £50,000 for charity.
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The 34-year-old royal was one of a host of celebrities including comic Jimmy Carr, Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, former England football manager Sam Allardyce and England World Cup-winning cricket captain Eoin Morgan taking part in the BGC charity day.
The annual event is staged by BGC Partners brokerage at its offices to commemorate the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald staff and 61 EuroBrokers employees who died in the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York on this day – September 11 – in 2001.
At the Gilts desk, which trades in Government debt, Harry had completed the huge trade under the watchful eye of Ryder Brown, co-head of the department.
Mr Brown said the duke, who had been attending as an Invictus Games ambassador, had done the difficult job of closing a £1billion trade in 10-year gilts.
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He added: "I thought he was excellent. It was very nerve-wracking but he handled the pressure well and closed the trade.
"That was the hard bit, to close the trade. He picked the telephone up and managed to do it – it's like old-style trading."
Shaun D. Lynn, President of BGC Partners, said today's event would help to pay tribute to the lives lost in the devastating terror attacks 18 years ago today.
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He said: "September 11th remains a day very close to our hearts and I am incredibly proud to be hosting our 15th Charity Day, which turns such a historic anniversary into an uplifting day for all involved.
"We have now raised over $150 million (£121m) globally, an outstanding achievement, which would not be possible without the incredible support of our clients, staff and the charities involved each year.
"I am looking forward to another day raising money for such worthwhile causes, and making this year’s Charity Day the best yet."
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