Prince Harry warns school children "they shouldn't really play Fortnite" during Brighton visit

·Royal Correspondent
Prince Harry chats with schoolchildren in Brighton (PA)
Prince Harry chats with schoolchildren in Brighton (PA)

Prince Harry told school children that “they shouldn’t really play Fortnite,” during a visit to Brighton on Wednesday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met with year 4 pupils, aged 8 to 9, from Queen’s Park School in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion.

Harry chatted to the excited youngsters, who spoke to him about the online game and flossing.

One of the children told ITV: “Prince Harry came over and talked to us and Erin asked him about Fortnite.”

When asked if Harry plays it, they shook their heads.

Another said: “He was like ‘what is wrong with parents?'”

The Duke asked the group how old they were, before giving them the warning not to play Fortnite.

In the UK, the Video Standards Council rates the game as PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence. It is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age.

Teacher Emma Johnston said: “He [Prince Harry] was saying that it’s a concern of his, children playing the game before they are allowed to. We were saying that as a school it’s a concern for us too.”

Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world right now and is said to be highly addictive.

In January this year, the Daily Record reported that a nine-year-old girl was sent to rehab after she became so addicted to Fortnite that she wet herself rather than take bathroom breaks, her parents said.

Kids are going mad for Fortnite [Photo: Epic]
Kids are going mad for Fortnite [Photo: Epic]

What exactly is Fortnite?

Described as a cross between Minecraft and the Hunger Games, the interactive survival game, which is free to download and available on Xbos and IOS, sees players compete against each other on a dystopian island.

Though the game actually launched last July as a console and PC game, the Fortnite franchise has been causing quite the buzz of late thanks mainly to its most popular mode Battle Royale.

Each ‘battle’ begins with 100 players who have to out-survive the other contestants in order to win the game – hence the Hunger Games comparisons.

Players can roam the virtual island and pick up weapons to defend themselves. They can even team up with their friends to create a “squad” adding a social element to the game.

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