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Joanita Wibowo

Prince Charles and Lionel Richie announce special new collaboration

Prince Charles has met with singer Lionel Richie to announce their collaboration in Barbados during the royal’s Caribbean tour.

The music legend has been named as the new global ambassador for Prince Charles’ charity.

The Prince’s Trust, which was co-founded by the Prince of Wales in 1976, aims to help vulnerable young people access jobs, education and training.

"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," said Richie on Tuesday at the Coral Reef Club Hotel.

The Prince thanked the 69-year-old singer for taking on the role, alluding to his hit song Hello: "It must have been you I was looking for". Richie replied, "Oh, did you say that? He did say that."

Richie has also been named chair of the Global Ambassador Group for the charity. In this role, he will focus on international youth unemployment and education.

He is the latest celebrity to support the charity, joining the ranks of Amal Clooney, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and more.

Earlier this week, the charity and Amal collaborated to launch the Amal Clooney Award, an honour that puts the spotlight on "the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities". Amal is set to present the prize next year.

"I am honoured to have been invited by Prince’s Trust International to participate in this global initiative celebrating young women who are change-makers in their communities," Amal said in a statement.

"It is a privilege to be able to play a part in a project that will draw attention to incredible young women who are the future leaders of our world."

Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Charles and Lionel Richie sharing a laugh.