Cheryl Cole is to launch a charitable foundation in aid of the Prince’s Trust and has visited the Prince of Wales to tell him about it.

The pop star and the Prince met at Clarence House to discuss her plans to start the project in April.

It will provide vital funds for the Trust’s work in the singer’s home town of Newcastle and surrounding areas.

The Girls Aloud star and X Factor judge said she wanted her foundation to help youngsters fulfil their potential.

Cheryl, 27, said: “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.

“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.”

Charles’ flagship charity has been helping disadvantaged young people start up their own businesses, return to education or gain life skills since being founded by the royal in 1976.

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.