His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales will fly to Sri Lanka in November 2013 to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. This will be the second visit to Sri Lanka of the Prince of Wales.
Vernon Corea met His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in the 1980s when he was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Advisor.
Vernon has been involved in the world of Commonwealth Broadcasting – in 1970 he represented Sri Lanka and the Director-General of the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation at a Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference in London. Vernon met with top broadcasters – many at Director-General level.
Many Commonwealth Broadcasters from Australia to the West Indies have visited Vernon in his home at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, the Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague will all be flying to Sri Lanka in November to attend CHOGM 2013.
Vernon Corea’s brother, Ambassador Ernest Corea also played a key role in the Commonwealth when he was appointed Chairman on the Commonwealth Select Committee on the Media and Development in the 1980s by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal.