Royal wedding guests reveal their shock at receiving invites

Royal wedding guests reveal their shock at receiving invites

Members of the public have been invited to the Royal wedding

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Royal wedding guests have told of their disbelief at being invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day, with one saying she thought it was a belated April Fool's prank.

Members of the public chosen to attend the Windsor wedding next month include a teenager who campaigns to raise awareness of difficulties for deaf people and a mother who uses the arts to help people with mental health issues.

Amelia Thompson, aged 12, was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing last year and is also on the guest list. She's planning to take a grandmother who lost a loved one in the terrorist attack.

Mother Pamela Anomneze said "I got an email informing me [of the invite], and I thought it was an April Fool's prank."

She added that being invited is "truly unbelievable" and will take her 15-year-old son with her as he was "down on his knees begging to go. He said, 'Oh mum, just to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle'."

Amelia had similar feelings, saying, "I was speechless. I could not respond I was so excited." Her plus one will be Sharon Goodman, whose granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy died in the Manchester Arena attack.

Reuben Litherland, 14, has also been invited to the wedding. He set up a sign-language club at his school and raises awareness of the difficulties faced by deaf children. "He is very excited and probably a bit bewildered. It's just not quite sunk in," his mother said.

Kensington Palace announced in March that 1,200 members of the public would be among the crowds allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share in the atmosphere of the May 19 wedding at St George's Chapel.

The group were nominated by the nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices after Harry and Meghan asked for those picked to come from a broad range of backgrounds and of various ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.