Cape Town – Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception in support of the British Asian Trust in London on Tuesday.
The Prince of Wales founded the charity in 2007 after seeing the widespread poverty and hardship of families in South East Asia. Through various programmes, the organisation, focuses on tackling anti-trafficking, issues around education, the livelihoods of the people and their mental health.
Philanthropist Natasha Poonawalla and singer Katy Perry, have also long been supporters of the charity. So on Tuesday, the Harleys in Hawaii singer was appointed as the newest ambassador for the Trust's Children's Protection Fund for India by the heir apparent.
"I was impressed by their strong plan – from on-ground initiatives to fundraising – that will aim to cut child-trafficking in half," the 35-year-old singer said of the work being done by BAT.
She added that she hopes she could "help shine [her] light on the work that the British Asian Trust will be doing in South Asia, and to be a part of finding solutions to child-trafficking", reports ITV News.
"Children are vulnerable and innocent and have to be protected," she said.
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Tonight, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception for supporters of @thebritishasiantrust at Banqueting House in London. The British Asian Trust is a charity founded by The Prince in 2007 after he witnessed widespread poverty and hardship faced by families in South Asia. Their Royal Highnesses met supporters of The British Asian Trust, including @katyperry and @natasha.poonawalla. During the reception, it was announced that @katyperry will be a new Ambassador for the Trust’s Children’s Protection Fund for India. Since its launch, The British Asian Trust has had a positive impact on the lives of 4.8 million people in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. By working with local partners, the charity equips disadvantaged people, not just with skills and resources, but also with the confidence and sense of value they need to transform their lives, improve their communities and reach their full potential. ?? PA
Katy, who first met Charles in India last year, greeted the prince with a "Hello again," at the beginning of the evening.
She told him she heard he talks to his plants, reports Evening Standard, to which he responded, "I would prefer it if you sang to them."
Later, Katy mentioned the exchange in her speech.
"I'm excited to be here because I'm a big fan of His Royal Highness and all the work that he has done and is continuing to do, especially in India for children," she said. "In my own personal experience he has an incredibly kind soul," she added, "so kind that yes, sometimes he talks to his plants. And he asked me if I would sing to his plants."
"I will in the future," she said. "You have my word, sir."
Is it just us, or could this be the start of a budding new friendship?