THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have discussed “the pressures facing steel manufacturers in the UK and India” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources have told the Press Association.
The Royal couple spoke to Mr Modi during a lunch meeting, pictured above, as they continued their tour of India. Back in the UK, Tata Steel of India, is in the process of disposing of its British steel interests.
But in India it was another busy day on the Royal tour, which started with the Duchess looking radiant in a casual printed maxi dress as she joined her husband at a centre for street children in New Delhi.
The Royal couple visited a facility run by the Salaam Baalak Trust, an organisation supporting some of the youngsters who arrive into the city’s railway station each day in search of a better life.
Once they arrive in the Indian capital, the youngsters become a target for prostitution, people trafficking or sexual and physical abuse.
The royal couple heard how the Trust’s outreach workers try to identify the most vulnerable young children as soon as they arrive, encouraging them to seek support.
The Duke and Duchess heard how some of the children have their eyes gouged out and hands hacked off to make them more ‘attractive ‘ as professional beggars.
But the horrors of life on the street seemed far removed from the children’s minds as they invited the visiting royals to join them for a round of carrom, a traditional table game.
William and Kate appeared in good spirits as they crouched down on the floor with the boys, who live in the nearby station.
As the Royal couple met Prime Minister Modi, a British Parliamentary emergency debate on the steel crisis was held in the House of Commons. With Tata Steel owning most of the UK steel industry, its decision to sell up has caused turmoil at all levels.
UK Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle accused the government of “indifference and incompetence” in dealing with the crisis, and an “ideologically driven reluctance to get involved as the crisis has deepened”.