Cheryl Cole and Prince Charles were full of mutual respect at this year's Invest in Futures gala in London. The purpose of the event is for the financial sector to help raise money that can be invested in the future f Britain's youth. Cheryl Cole even offered herself up as an auction prize for the evening, agreeing to take the highest bidder out for afternoon tea at a top London hotel.
A story in the Metro today (February 24, 2012) reveals that Prince Charles, addressing the attendees of the event, said "One of the people who's here this evening, to whom I owe an awful lot, I think, is Cheryl Cole, who has been kind enough to come this evening and apart from anything else, to offer herself as an auction prize, but only for tea." The Prince and the former Girls Aloud singer were pictured enjoying a joke and Cheryl paid tribute to the Prince's 'inspiring work.' The star recently refuted claims that she would be returning to X Factor and is said to be focusing on charity work instead.
Other prizes up for auction at last night's fundraiser included a trip to the final show of the current American Idol series, in Los Angeles and a day out 'behind the scenes' at Downton Abbey. The auction lots were presented by the comedian MICHAEL MCINTYRE.