Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cheryl Cole, By Royal Appointment: X Factor judge talks to Charles about her own charitable foundation in aid of Prince’s Trust

Royal appointment: Cheryl Cole met with the Prince of Wales today to launch a charitable foundation in aid of the Prince's Trust

For a woman who spends so much of her life showing off her body, Cheryl Cole should perhaps be congratulated for covering it up in the presence of royalty.

But despite the singer’s unusually demure attire, Prince Charles didn’t look entirely at ease by her side.

Mrs Cole was meeting the 62-year-old Prince for tea at Clarence House yesterday to discuss her plans to help needy teenagers in her hometown of Newcastle through the Prince’s Trust.

A royal source dismissed Charles’s rather sour expression, insisting: ‘They got on well and had plenty to discuss.’

Mrs Cole, 27, said: ‘I have always been a great admirer of the work of the Prince’s Trust with disadvantaged young people across the UK. It’s the perfect charity for my foundation to support.

'Too many young people grow up thinking no one cares and don't believe they can make anything of themselves.

'They have so much potential - but can go off the rails without the right care and support. I want my Foundation to help them realise their potential and get their lives on track.'

Discussions: The Prince, Ms Cole and director Kristina Kyriacou talk about how her foundation will provide funds for the Trust's work in the singer's home town of Newcastle and surrounding areas

It supports teenagers who may have struggled at school, are long-term unemployed, been in trouble with the law and or are leaving care.

More than three out of four young people helped by the Trust move into jobs, education or training, according to a Trust spokeswoman

Speaking about Cole meeting the Prince, a Clarence House spokesman said: 'They were discussing the charitable work the Prince has done with the Prince's Trust and (he was) sharing his experiences of the Trust over the last 35 years.

'She was talking about her aspirations and how she would like to contribute to that work in the North East.'

Realising their potential: Miss Cole said she wanted to stop youngsters going off the rails and said her foundation can help them get their lives on track

The Trust's chief executive Martina Milburn said: 'The recent recession has made the work of the Prince's Trust more relevant than ever, with the number of unemployed young people currently at a record high.

'Support for the Cheryl Cole Foundation and the Prince's Trust will help disadvantaged and unemployed young people get their lives on track at this difficult time.'

Cole will attend the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards next month, which recognises the outstanding achievements of young people who have overcome challenges.

source: dailymail

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