Katy Perry gushed about King Charles’s ‘incredibly kind soul’
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Katy Perry will be performing at the King’s Coronation Concert on May 7, along with the likes of Take That and Lionel Richie, all of whom are taking part in the show organised by BBC Studios, the brains behind the Platinum Jubilee concert. By performing, the Firework singer is reportedly hoping to highlight her work as an Ambassador of the British Asian Trust through which she met the King several times.
It was revealed that Perry, a popstar and reality TV show judge, was appointed ambassador to the charity in 2020 by the King at the organisation’s annual black-tie royal event held at Banqueting House in London.
She took to the stage to deliver a speech where she sang the then Prince of Wales’s praises — and surprised the audience by declaring that she also promised to sing to his plants.
Perry told the crowd: “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. And he asked me if I would sing to his plants. And I will in the future. You have my word, Sir.”
Perry and Charles first met in Mumbai in November 2019 when the new Monarch asked her for a selfie.
Charles’s former aide, Scott Furssedonn-Wood, who was then his deputy private secretary, revealed that he had told the King how much his children liked the Hot N Cold singer’s music.
Charles then proceeded to ask the singer to pose with Mr Furssedonn-Wood, on his behalf.
Mr Furssedonn-Wood, now the High Commissioner to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean, posted a tweet recounting the tale in response to the news that Perry is performing at the upcoming Coronation concert.
He wrote: “I was with The King in Mumbai in 2019 when he first met her. I had told him how much my kids loved her. Those of us on the team never asked for selfies. So [His Royal Highness] kindly asked for me ‘He and his family are such fans!’”
When Perry saw Charles in London the following year, she said: “Hello again”, adding that she had heard that he speaks to his plants.
In response, the then Prince laughed and told the pop star would prefer that she sing to them instead.
The King first admitted in 1986 that he speaks to his plants in order to help them grow, an admission that saw him ridiculed.
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Since 2020, Perry has been working with the Children’s Protection Fund which is chaired by Indian billionaire Natasha Poonawalla, in a bid to ensure every child receives basic human needs.
According to Sage in 2021, it is estimated that around ten million children in India are actively engaged in or seeking work. Unfortunately, child labour is more prevalent in India than in many other nations.
Perry, who has a child with fiance Orlando Bloom, has experience in the field, having been a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador since 2013.
The King founded the organisation with British Asian business leaders in 2007 in a bid to tackle poverty, inequality, and injustice in Asia.
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