Katy Perry Teams Up With the British Royal Family for a Good Cause

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Katy Perry speaks onstage during a reception for supporters of the British Asian Trust on Feb. 4, 2020 in London, England.

Katy Perry received the royal treatment Tuesday (Feb. 4) for her philanthropic efforts after His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales announced her as an ambassador of the British Asian Trust's Children's Protection Fund for India.

Alongside the Royal Founding Patron of the British Asian Trust and accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles attended a lavish gala reception as part of the charity's annual dinner at Banqueting House in London. Indian philanthropist Natasha Poonawalla also earned recognition for her multimillion-pound pledge in support of the Children's Protection Fund.

"India has long held a special place in my heart, and on my last visit, I was able to meet with The Prince of Wales and other leaders in Mumbai, and I was impressed by their strong plan -- from on-ground initiatives to fundraising -- that will aim to cut child trafficking in half," Perry said in a press statement. "That is why I am especially honoured to be named an ambassador for the British Asian Trust’s Children’s Protection Fund, and to help shine my 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. Children are vulnerable and innocent and have to be protected."

Prince Charles first met the 35-year-old singer in 2019 at a meeting in Mumbai with British Asian Trust supporters and advisers, who were impressed with Perry's longstanding commitment to children's rights in her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

"We’re delighted to announce Katy Perry as our newest ambassador and are looking forward to working with her on raising awareness of the work we carry out across South Asia," said Manoj Badale, the chair of the British Asian Trust, in the statement. "Katy is a keen supporter of our work and her appointment marks another successful year for the British Asian Trust."

Over the next five years, the British Asian Trust plans to further develop its work on significantly reducing child labor, trafficking and abuse across India and other countries in South Asia. Since its establishment in 2007, the trust has impacted the lives of 4.8 million people in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and has recently expanded its reach to Bangladesh, according to the release. 

Update: Perry took to Instagram on Wednesday (Feb. 4) to comment on the honor. "So pleased to be appointed by HRH The Prince of Wales @clarencehouse as ambassador for @thebritishasiantrust Children’s Protection Fund," she wrote. "In my role, I will primarily focus my spotlight on helping find solutions to end child trafficking. India has always been a place I have a magnetic connection with, and in addition to my work as a @UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I’m excited to be part of the work of helping the children of South Asia. Every child matters and has the right to basic human needs. You can start the help by donating at the link in bio."

See photos from the event below:

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

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