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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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  • Dawn

    Eloquently stated! Thank you.

  • Kay

    Well said Ruth !!!!

  • Marie

    he and harry have such kind hearts. Their Mum would be very proud of the fine young men they have become. Good work, Diana!! God bless her boys and kate.

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  • Auntie Maria

    For once, I just wish angry Americans would show some class! Prince William has a kind heart and you should be encouraging of his good work ~ not blaming him for your bad attitude. His mother taught both of her sons to give from their hearts especially to those less fortunate. What good deeds have you done that are worthy of mentioning? What children or off spring have you inspired to give back? This is a joyous celebration of young love. Get over your sour attitudes and put start setting a better example for those aorund U!

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  • Donna

    Angry Americans?? Oh for the Love of God.. stop stereotyping. Many of us love the Royal Family, Thanks to Princess Diana. She did a wonderful job setting her two sons on the right path and setting a good example to the rich on how important it is to "give back". Just like any country or culture, we have our fair share of idiots who are angry no matter what the reason and can't find happiness if it were handed to them.

  • lise

    j'nai possible,,,,,,,,,excuse my spellling

  • gail

    WELL SAID!

  • Auntie Maria

    Well, if you love the Royal Family then let your actions show it. And, it would be an even better idea to set a good example for those around you as well ~~ while you're at it!

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  • Rita

    He has a heart like his "mum":. My daughter suffered a stroke at birth and, unfortunately, people do separate children with disabilities from "normal" people. He has a good heart and I wish them both the best.

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  • David

    Sorry Charlotte, but you are really wrong. The Queen specifically stated that she did not want any of the Obama's at the wedding. The Obama's made complete asses ou themselve by their actions.
    You do not shake hands nor hug the Queen like they did. Lets be honest the Obama's are not \what one would not classify as a class act. Many Nation leaders were not invited. like the
    leader of France, Canada, Germany, Spain.. Better get you facts straight before you mouth off.
    As one with several passports, I travel the the Uk, Ireland, Germany, etc all the time. In fact, will be
    in Ireland for my Birthday in May. Maybe if you traveled to Europe you would get a better
    understanding of what other Countries expect of visitors

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  • MikHooligan

    Where is MY invite? you brit twit?

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  • Ann

    Give Kate and William a break! It is obvious they are of the new breed of royals and trying to change things to a small degree. You have to start out small, and gradually change things at a larger level. His Mom brought him up well to respect that others did not have it as good as he and his brother, I for one, wish them great happiness. The royals work very hard, Princess Anne has more engagements to fulfill then any of them, but she does so without being in the limelight, as she desires. People would be surprised how much she does for her country.

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  • Judy

    I am absolutely loving all of the attention the media is giving to Prince William and his soon-to-be-wive, Kate. William, I'm sure your mother is smiling down on both of you. I wish both of you all of the luck in the world. In my heart, I believe, you will be together until death do you part. You are both beautiful people and I feel blessed to have watched both of you, from a very far distance.

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  • n506

    These young men are not "special"...they are human beings with failures just like everybody else. William seems to relate to the commoners, though...kudos to him for seeing people for who they are and not judge them by class or heritage.

    I, for one, am tired of all the press the media has given to this wedding. There was NO local news, weather, or traffic reported this morning...it was all about the wedding, which has nothing to do with our lives here. Some of us common folk have to go to work, and it would've been nice to know what the roads looked like before I headed out.

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  • hockibabe

    love the kindness and in remembering his mum. so many try to erase her from history but they never will from us nor her beloved boy's...

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