Lionel Richie is named a Prince's Trust global ambassador by Prince Charles

21 March 2019, 14:23 | Updated: 17 November 2023, 09:13

Lionel Richie, Prince Charles and Tom Jones in Barbados
Lionel Richie, Prince Charles and Tom Jones in Barbados. Picture: Getty

The Prince of Wales has named the 'All Night Long' singer a global ambassador for The Prince's Trust, while meeting in Barbados on Tuesday (March 19).

Prince Charles met Lionel Richie on the second leg of his Caribbean tour. The pair shared a giggle or two as they met up this afternoon.

Lionel said: "I've been involved with the Prince's Trust for a number of years and, of course, I understand exactly what they do – giving opportunity to kids who would never ever have a shot at anywhere close to their dreams."

Prince Charles also couldn't help but making a play on Lionel's lyrics, saying: "It must have been you I was looking for."

Lionel replied: "Oh, did you say that? He did say that".

Sir Tom Jones was also in attendance at the special event, after organisers found out he was staying at the exclusive Coral Reef Club.

Lionel Richie and Prince Charles
Picture: Getty

He said: "I had a week off and thought 'where should I go, where's the sunniest place? Barbados'." He told the prince: "Any time I can sing for you, as long as I'm available, I'll be there so I try and do as much as I can because he does wonderful work, the Prince's Trust is a fantastic thing to be associated with."

Lionel will now help introduce The Prince's Trust International to a global audience, reports the Evening Standard. It was founded in 2015 by Charles to support people aged 13 to 30 in Australia, Canada, India, Barbados, Jordan, Pakistan and Malta.

It is an extension of The Prince's Trust, which has helped nearly a million young people in the UK transform their lives over the past 43 years.

Charles and Lionel met with young people at the Coral Reef Club, which has been helped by the charity initiative.

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