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Lionel Richie named global ambassador of The Prince’s Trust


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Lionel Richie, say “Hello” to Prince Charles.

The Prince of Wales announced Wednesday that Lionel has been named the first global ambassador of his charity, The Prince’s Trust. The two men met up in Barbados, as part of Charles’ tour of the Caribbean, to celebrate the partnership.

U.K.’s The Mirror reports that when Charles thanked Lionel for taking on the role, he made a joking reference to the American Idol judge’s signature tune “Hello” — much to Lionel’s amusement.

“It must have been you I was looking for,” said the heir to the throne.

“Oh, did you say that?” Lionel replied in mock disbelief. “He did say that.”

Lionel will support the global expansion of the The Prince’s Trust as it tackles issues like youth education and unemployment, supporting indigenous youth and helping to build sustainable communities.

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