(Left) Harry and William (right) joke as they take part in a trade at the BGC Partners brokerage in London on Wednesday during the BGC Charity Day in memory of those who died in the World Trade Center attacks. (AFP)
Sept. 11: William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry took to the trading floor this morning where they clocked up a world record 25 billion euro deal.
Prince Harry took delight in winding up his brother over his “baby chat” as they tried their hand at City trading to raise money for charity.
The princes notched up a record trade for 25 billion euros but still had time to poke fun at each other, and play jokes on professional traders, at the BCG Partners brokerage in London’s Docklands.
They spent around an hour negotiating deals during the firm’s annual charity day to raise money in memory of its 658 employees who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York exactly 12 years ago.
During one joint telephone call, Prince Harry complained that William, who became a father in July, was spending too much time talking to traders about Prince George.
He said: “He’s on the phone, it’s all baby chat.”
Asked how baby George is getting on, William told one trader: “He’s very well thanks. He’s sleeping quite well.”
As William chatted to a female trader, Harry told him: “Stop flirting, get on with it.”
At one point William remarked to a broker: “Bloody hell, was that a billion?!”
After the trader nodded, he turned to Harry to say: “Apparently we should work here.” He added: “I’m much better at helicopters.”
During one of his deals, Harry urged the trader on the end of the line to put up more money. “150? Why don’t we make that 200?” he said. “200? Done.”
The last deal the brothers made was for 25 billion euros — a world record for a forward foreign exchange. BGC broker Nick Thompson, 45, from Otley, West Yorkshire, mentored Harry through the deal he made alongside William.
Thompson said: “He was great. He’s very laid back about it. He did very well.”
During another call, William teased a trader who could not believe he was on the phone to the future king, telling him: “It’s all a wind-up, I’m Gary.” Thompson said: “It was interesting listening to them both to see who was more confident. Harry took to it very well.”