American Idol judge Katy Perry has been spending time with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla. But they’re doing more than just rubbing elbows. Prince Charles recently named Katy an ambassador for the British Asian Trust Children’s Protection Fund.
Katy posted the news on her Instagram Wednesday, along with photos of her posing with the royals. Read on to find out more about Katy Perry’s new role, and why Prince Charles chose her.
Katy Perry Named Ambassador For British Asian Trust
According to CNN, Prince Charles founded the British Asian Trust charity to address poverty and inequality in South Asia. As ambassador, Katy will be involved in working to reduce child trafficking in India.
“Every child matters and has the right to basic human needs,” Katy wrote on Instagram, encouraging fans to donate to her campaign. The singer is also a UNICEF Good Will Ambassador, and says she has a “magnetic connection” with India.
In November, Katy performed at the OnePlus Music Festival in Mumbai. While there, the singer met with Prince Charles about the British Asian Trust. She posted on Instagram that she was glad the organization was partly focused on “sustainability and solutions to protecting the environment.”
Why Was Katy Chosen By The British Asian Trust?
In his speech announcing her as ambassador, Prince Charles explained that Katy has a “long-standing commitment to charitable causes around the world.” However, some fans are questioning the choice.
As one Twitter user pointed out that American Idol judge is neither British nor Asian. They listed several celebrities they felt would be more suited to the role, including Jameela Jamil and Riz Ahmed.
However, radio personality Nihal Arthanayake, who is also an ambassador to the British Asian Trust, defended Katy. He said that the charity doesn’t only accept Asian ambassadors, and pointed out that Katy helped raise $130,000 on Tuesday.
“It’s about finding people who are passionate about the work the charity does,” Nihal wrote. When someone argued that ambassadors should have a connection to the British Asian community, Nihal replied that Katy’s connection is “a human one.”