Prince Edward’s planned visit to South Carolina on Monday has been cancelled according to reports in the local media.
The Earl of Wessex was due to visit the Southeastern state at the beginning of next week. However, the visit has now been called off according to the Aiken Standard.
Speaking to the publication, Lt. Karl Odenthal of the Aiken Department of Public Safety said that the weather was the main contributing factor for the visit being cancelled.
The Queen’s youngest son was due to visit the city of Aiken on Monday as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Real Tennis Tour.
He was also due to attend a lunch in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Hurricane Florence struck South Carolina this week, with Aiken County being hit by strong winds and heavy rainfall.
According to the National Weather Service, tropical storm conditions may continue to be present in Aiken over the weekend.
Prince Edward’s visit to the city was likely cancelled as a precautionary measure, taking into account the safety of his party and people who may want to come out to get a glimpse of the royal.
It is unknown whether arrangements can be made for the Earl to visit the city at a later date, but the cancelled engagements are still listed in the royal diary.
Prince Edward is currently on a 12-day tour of the United States as part of a year-long program to celebrate the activities of young people and volunteers around the world.