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As a tribute to his late mother, Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton intend to have the first "people's royal wedding" -- inviting political leaders as well as the postman. And amongst the pews at Westminster Abbey will also be Shozna, a former homeless teenager, reports the Mail.

The 20-year-old woman will be attending the ceremony on April 29, thanks to the prince and, in part, Princess Diana, who was an advocate for the homeless and helped to raise awareness through Centrepoint, a charity group. William has continued her efforts. Back in 2009, he even spent a night on the streets to show his commitment to the cause.

It was through this organization that he met Shozna. Centrepoint rescued the teen, who was without a home after suffering a stroke and undergoing major heart surgery, and provided shelter and a mentor to help her get back on her feet.

Hearing her heartbreaking story at an event last year, the prince expressed his admiration and gave the young woman a hug -- usually a royalty no-no. That small gesture has now led to something more rare -- a royal wedding invitation and the chance to rub elbows with the likes of Elton John and David Beckham.


Shozna (whose last name was withheld for privacy reasons) offered her wishes and gratitude to the groom during an interview with the U.K. newspaper. "I want to say to Prince William: 'Congratulations. Thank you for inviting me and thank you for making people feel like they are part of the world instead of being alone.'"

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  • CMG

    HE HAS A VERY KIND HEART LIKE HIS MUM, GOD BLESS HIM & HIS NEW WIFE..

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  • TORIGHT

    WOW...THAT'S REAL GENEROUS OR MR. WINDSOR.....NOW HOW ABOUT TELLING YOUR "SUBJECTS" WHY YOU ARE ENTITLED TO UNTOLD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR ESSENTIALLY DOING NOTHING WHILE THE REST OF YOUR "SUBJECTS" HAVE TO WORK FOR A LIVING.....I'M WAITING.

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  • Jackie

    Regarding Torights comment "NOW HOW ABOUT TELLING YOUR "SUBJECTS" WHY YOU ARE ENTITLED TO UNTOLD MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR ESSENTIALLY DOING NOTHING WHILE THE REST OF YOUR "SUBJECTS" HAVE TO WORK FOR A LIVING". The royal family brings in millions of dollars just on tourism itself to name one way they make money for there country. Can you tell me why American still pays pensions to previous Presidents since they are no longer in office? Do you think that is money well spent?

  • Giz

    Prince William's only income from the taxpayers is his military salary, same as all other military personnel. He receives no income from the public for being a member of the royal family. Maybe get your facts straight before you start flapping your jaw.

  • Lori Walker

    Because it's Royalty fool. he raises untold millions for charity. He gives his life up to charity and events for money raised. he'll live in a cottage outside London in Wales, in his case and work for the people

  • sporty

    at least he has the smarts not to invite obama,who would have been way out of his class...

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  • ashley

    Yup, I doubt that the Royal Palace usually dines with thugs, liars and cheats.

  • Mike Grier

    I respect the fact that William and Kate are not the typical royals.

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  • Ed Ribback

    I am humbly impressed by this generosity to invite a homeless girl and at the same time I am thankful that no dignitary from the US has been invited. The American news media would have smothered us with stories about our president and his wife attending the wedding, what dress Michelle and her children would wear, where they stay, how many servants and bodyguards they would bring along aso.

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  • JANFLOOD

    I TOO AM HAPPY THE OBAMAS WERE NOT INVITED BECAUSE YOU A CORRECT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ABOUT THEM. B. OBAMA IS A NARCISTIC MEGALOMANIAC AND DOSE NOT DESERVE TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS WILLIAM. I AM AN AMERICAN WHO IS EMBARRASED BY THIS POTUS. WILLIAM HAS DONE HIS COUNTRY PROUD.

  • lucia kaczeus

    glad they did not invite the so called american mouvie stars the real stars`were marylin monroe ginger rogers etc the now a day american stars are trash

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  • Barbara

    Judging are we?

  • Halie

    you have to judge and if you don't you end up with the like of Obama

  • David

    The best news that I heard all year was that the obama's were not invited to the wedding.
    Thank God the Queen had enough sense to keep them out. It would have been a real
    nightmare with them acting like equals to real nobility

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  • Huh?

    Acting like "real equals"? Did you really just say that?? Concerned they're getting uppity, are you? It's utterly horrifying that people think like you.

  • Charlotte

    The Obamas were not invited because that would leave all of the world's leaders in one spot. Can't have that. It has nothing to do with the Obamas not being good enough.

  • don

    prince william and his family our a bunch of freeloaders

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  • KMT

    Freeloaders? The people writing here have no idea of the workload placed on every member of the royal family. They are required to represent the country 24/7. The intrusion on thier lives is constant.

    The prince's mother was an extraordinary woman who seems to have raised extraordinary sons despite the fact that they lost her so early in their lives. Both of the princes, who have enough money to provide for them for 10 lifetimes and don't need to work a day in thier lives, have commited to serving in the military and have insisted on being placed on the front lines like thier comrades.

    I know that people like Jerry Seinfeld want to say that "these are not special people". But he is wrong. Mr. Seinfeld can make money and may have fame FOR A TIME. But to an entire nation, each of these young men ARE special, were special from the moment of birth, and will be special until the moment they die.

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  • David

    I wish them all the best.

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  • Ruth

    Oh, for goodness sake, the world is such a mess right now it is refreshing to hear about Prince William and his future bride. It doesn't mean we are not heartbroken about all the terrible things going on in the world today....but the human soul needs something uplifting to read about in this time of world conflict. Prince William seems like a refreshing compassionate royal, as was his mother , and I enjoy reading about his wedding. Apparently this is a true love match, arrived at over a long period of time. So what is wrong with a little old fashioned romance and pagentry to give us hope that all is not despair? The "Once an Future King" of Britain gives us hope that there is still goodness in the world. Maybe it is a fairy tale, but what is so wrong with that? Well done Prince William...your mother is so proud!

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