William and Kate meet factory workers facing the axe

William and Kate have meet hundreds of factory workers facing redundancy.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met employees at the Michelin plant in Scotland, which is due to shut next year.

The couple heard what it’s like to live under the cloud of uncertainty caused by the tyre company’s announcement.

In total, 850 employees will lose their jobs in Dundee.

Prince William said: ‘The factory has been a huge part of Dundee’s very fabric.

‘It has been a key employer for generations, and has helped sustain the local economy for nearly 50 years.

‘For everyone affected, the hope is that all of you sat in this room can find a positive way forward.

‘You all deserve enormous credit for sitting around this table together to find a constructive way forward.’

The French-owned tyre firm announced the closure in November.

Earlier, the royal couple delighted eager crowds as they arrived in the Scottish city to open its new V&A museum.

The £80 million design museum on the banks of the Firth of Tay is part of a regeneration of the waterfront area.

During a speech at the official opening, the Duchess of Cambridge talked about the importance of communities working in partnership to achieve common goals.

She said: ‘I hope that the museum will serve as an inspiration to others, showing how great things can be achieved when different communities all pull together.’

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