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Prince Charles says he's 'praying' for return of entertainment sector devastated by Covid-19

by Press Association

The Prince of Wales is "praying" entertainment venues will be able to reopen as they battle to stay in business after the second national coronavirus lockdown.

Charles' comments came after he and Camilla visited London's 100 Club, where bands like the Sex Pistols, The Jam and Oasis played, and nearby Soho Theatre to hear how the arts and entertainment sector has been coping during the pandemic.

The couple were treated to an intimate performance of the one woman play Half Breed by Natasha Marshall at the theatre.

The actress revealed she had to dash from her Morrisons supermarket job to do the gig of her life in front of the royals and was still wearing her uniform.

She told the prince and his wife: "I've got to go back later so it was easier to keep it on, I'll be in such a rush.

"It's such a pleasure to meet you.

"The theatre has supported me so much I jumped at the chance to perform today."

Charles replied: "That's marvellous, such dedication.

"I really enjoyed the performance and I am praying all of you can open soon.

"I wish you every success."

In May the prince raised concerns about how orchestras and theatres will survive the coronavirus crisis.

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