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Prince Harry Took Calls on a Trading Floor in a Benefit Honoring Victims of 9/11

The royal helped close a deal worth over a billion dollars.
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After last night's speech commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Invictus Games, a charity initiative he co-founded, Prince Harry was back at work this morning.

The Duke of Sussex took part in the 15th BGC Charity Day, competing with other celebrities to raise money for good causes on the trading floor. The annual event, held by BGC Partners brokerage at its offices, honors the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and 61 EuroBrokers workers who lost their lives in 9/11.

Harry, it turns out, is something of a natural in the finance sector. (Either that or he's very receptive to the coaching that the professionals were offering.) "I thought he was excellent," Ryder Brown, a co-head of the department in which Harry was trading, told the Daily Mail. "It was very nerve-wracking but he handled the pressure well and closed the trade... He picked the telephone up and managed to do it—it's like old-style trading."

Prince Harry tries to hammer out a deal at the charity event
Photo by DAVID M. BENETT / GETTY IMAGES.

In the end, he ended up helping to close a deal valued at $1.25 billion, according to People. The Daily Mail estimates that the transaction raised £50,000 ($61,647) for charity. Some of that will go right to the Invictus Games: a portion of the proceeds from the day's event will benefit the international adaptive sporting competition, among other causes.

Other notable participants in BGC Charity Day included London mayor Sadiq Khan and Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington. Sadly, it's unclear if the Duke of Sussex actually crossed paths with the erstwhile King of the North.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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