PRINCE Charles has shut down his Gloucestershire egg business after 24 hens were recently slaughtered by foxes.
His Royal Highness is now unable to sell eggs following the attack on his chicken coop at Close Farm, near his Highgrove Estate.
Some of the birds survived the attack on his land in Tetbury but have been moved to other premises to keep them safe from the preying foxes.
He owns other farm shops in Bath, Windsor and London.
Yesterday customers were met with this notice: “Dear Customers, The fox killed 24 of our chickens now the rest of the surviving chickens have been brought to a more secure location. This will mean no more eggs to sell, sorry, regards.”
Despite the Prince’s passion for organic products, he has had misfortune in recent years with the business side of things.
His Duchy Originals brand reported a loss of more than £3.3 million for the 2009 financial year and was taken over by Waitrose in the autumn of that year.
Meanwhile the prince’s hopes of resurrecting his Veg Shed home delivery business of his vegetables to the locals in Gloucestershire have been sunk.
According to a farm worker, Charles wanted to revive the delivery business last summer, but that never happened and plans have now been permanently abandoned.
The Prince did maintain a roadside, unstaffed shop, with an honesty box for public buyers of a limited range of produce.
The Duchy Originals brand after being rescued by a Waitrose takeover now encompasses 230 products, sold in 30 countries, from Japan to America.
In partnership with Waitrose since 2009, it boasts annual profits of £2.8 million and has raised £11 million for charitable causes.