The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have discussed the state of the steel industry in Britain and India with the country's prime minister, Narendra Modi.
William and Kate, who are touring India and Bhutan, chatted with Mr Modi, his officials and business and cultural leaders about a range of topics including the issues facing steel manufacturers in their respective countries.
Tata's Hartlepool site is among those at risk by the firm's decision to put its UK plants up for sale.
A source said that among the matters raised was "the pressures facing steelmanufacturers in the UK and India".
Other issues that were discussed included the strength of the UK-India relationship in many areas including defence and security, opportunities for young people, conservation and the fight against poaching, and the UK/India Year of Culture in 2017.