Prince CharlesChris Jackson/PA Wire

The tough economic climate has taken its toll on all of us - but who would have thought it would hit Prince Charles? His office has announced that his organic vegetable shop near Highgrove will close after eight years - because of falling trade and rising prices.

He may be a shocking casualty of the recession, but he's not the only famous face suffering in the downturn.

Prince Charles

The Veg Shed announced its closure on its website. It will continue making organic veg box home deliveries. However, these too have been suspended temporarily because the terrible weather has meant a poor harvest so far this year.

It said: "This has been a difficult decision for us to take, and we would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause and would like to thank all our customers for their valued support and custom."

A spokesperson for Clarence House told the Guardian that the shop had stopped trading as it was no longer making a profit, while another told Reuters it had been hit by those ordering their shopping online.

Clearly Charles is going to be able to struggle on financially. This is hardly his only source of income: it's not even his only shop. Never-the-less, it's strange to see the Prince of Wales as a victim of the recession.

Famous faces

And he is not the only famous face to have taken a hit.

There are the high-profile stars who have been declared bankrupt as the recession stretched on - including Martine McCutcheon, Kerry Katona and Miquita Oliver.

Meanwhile, the High Street has been strewn with household names which have been decimated by the recession. The likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster and HMV may go on in another guise, but their fall from grace has been dramatic and shocking.

Celebrity chefs have also been notable casualties - including Anthony Worrall Thompson who closed four restaurants after an overdraft extension was refused and Jean Christophe Novelli who placed two gastro-pubs in administration.

And construction and real estate companies have been closing like topsy. One famous face who was involved was Shane Filan, Westlife star. He ran a property business in Ireland, but the economic crisis brought the business into financial trouble and he was declared bankrupt at the age of 32 - on the eve of his farewell tour.

It seems that no-one has been untouched by the financial climate. It seems that the only thing we are 'in together' is a heap of financial trouble...


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