Fund-raising schoolgirl to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
A fund-raising schoolgirl has been invited to attend the royal wedding next month.
Twelve-year-old Jorja Furze has been asked by the palace to be part of the 2,500-strong crowd at Windsor Castle as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19.
Jorja, who won the Ely Hero Award last year, received the invitation in recognition for her charity work for amputee support charity Steel Bones.
The Soham Village College student, born without the lower part of her leg because of amniotic band syndrome, is to take her mum Gabby as her ‘plus one’.
Jorja said: “I’m very nervous but excited at the same time. I think it’s more telling my friends that I am going to the royal wedding and getting a dress that I am excited about just now.
“My friends are trying to get me to sneak them in.”
Her mum received the surprise call from the Queen’s representative in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Lord Lieutenant Julie Spence, but decided to build up the tension when she was telling her daughter.
“I was a little bit naughty. I told her to come into the kitchen and sat her down. When I told her she was screaming with excitement,” said Gabby.
Jorja, from Isleham, said of the royal couple: “I think they are really good together. I think it’s really good that they don’t just want the royal family to go, they want the public to be there as well. That’s really nice.”
She will join survivors of last year’s Manchester Arena terror attack as well as charity workers from around the country, putting her ahead of world leaders including Theresa May, Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau who didn’t make the guest list.