PRINCE CHARLES is suffering major backlash following his decision to appoint American singer Katy Perry as ambassador of the British Asian Trust.
Social media users took Twitter by storm after Prince Charles officially appointed the American pop star as the new face of the trust he founded in 2007. With emotions ranging from confusion to outrage, many Twitter users questioned the reason behind appointing an individual who is neither British or Asian as ambassador of the British Asian Trust.
One Twitter user, in disbelief, said: “H-how can an American white person become an ambassador for the British Asian trust…”
Another said: “Did nobody notice that she’s not a British Asian?”
A third recalled the speech delivered by actor Joaquin Phoenix at the BAFTA last Sunday, when he accused the film industry of systemic racism, saying: “Joaquin Phoenix calls out systematic racism at the BAFTA’s: ‘…people that have created & perpetuate & benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it.’
“Prince Charles: ‘Hold my Beer!’
Prince Charles has been criticised on Twitter for appointing Katy Perry as ambassador of his British Asian Trust (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles and Katy Perry met the day before his birthday in India last year (Image: GETTY)
“Appoints Katy Perry as Ambassador for The BRITISH ASIAN Trust!”
Another branded this decision an “insult”, saying: “I really don’t understand.
“On a personal level I loved how KP worked for Hillary in 2016.
“But choosing her as ambassador for a British Asian Trust is an insult.
Some Twitter users savaged Prince Charles’s choice (Image: TWITTER)
“Why? Another way the British Royal Family shows it’s stuck with its head up its a**.”
The Trust, founded by the Prince of Wales together with a group of leading British Asian business leaders, works to tackle poverty and hardship in South Asia.
The association also works towards removing child labour from supply chains, with approximately 5.8 million minors believed to be forced to work in India alone.
The decision to appoint Perry as ambassador of the British Asian Trust at the black-tie event at Banqueting House is believed to be due partly to the superstar’s work done as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Katy Perry revealed Charles asked her to sing to his plants (Image: TWITTER)
Prince Charles founded the Trust in 2007 (Image: TWITTER)
Perry and Prince Charles, who attended the Trust’s Royal Dinner with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have previously met in India in November, during the Prince of Wales’ two-day visit to the country.
The day before his birthday, Prince Charles had the “great pleasure” to meet Perry in Mumbai at a gathering for the Trust’s council members, the heir apparent said in a speech yesterday night.
He added: “Meeting her turned out to be a wonderful birthday present.”
During the event, the pair were spotted laughing together, with the singer believed to have told the Prince of Wales she had heard he talked to his plants.
Prince Charles is the heir apparent to the throne (Image: EXPRESS)
Charles is said to have replied: “I would prefer it if you sang to them.”
The singer herself reported this bizarre conversation, as she delivered a speech to introduce the Prince on stage.
Perry said: “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.
“In my own personal experience, he has an incredibly kind soul.
“So kind, that yes, sometimes he talks to his plants.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also attended the black-tie event (Image: GETTY)
“And he asked me if I could sing to his plants.
“And I will, in the future, you have my word, sir.”
Perry also thanked the organisation for trusting her with the new role.
She said: “My work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador has taken me to many parts of the world and opened my eyes to the many vulnerabilities of children.
“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.
“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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK