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Schoolgirl charity ambassador chosen to attend royal wedding

The young campaigner will take her mother to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day.

Jorja Furze, 12, from Isleham near Ely, who has received an invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle next month. (Joe Giddens/PA)
Jorja Furze, 12, from Isleham near Ely, who has received an invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle next month. (Joe Giddens/PA)

A schoolgirl born with one leg who became a charity ambassador and mental health champion has been picked to attend the royal wedding.

Jorja Furze, 12, is now looking forward to going shopping with her mother for a new dress for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day next month.

Describing her delight at receiving an email invitation last week, the schoolgirl said: “I was really excited and shocked because I didn’t think I would get an invite.

“I had been told my name had been mentioned to some people about the wedding, but I didn’t think I’d get close to it.”

The 12-year-old, who was born with only a right leg, is an ambassador for the Steel Bones charity which supports civilian amputees, she added: “They thought I would be a good candidate.

“I’ve grown up without a leg and they thought having someone that younger children could relate to would be good.”

Jorja from the village of Isleham near Ely has also set up a quiet space at her high school where children with mental health issues can relax.

She said: “Me and my friend both suffer from anxiety and mental health, we decided we should do something because we knew a lot of people had similar problems and we convinced the teacher to let us start this up.”

The 12-year-old said she would be taking her mother Gabrielle, 39, to the wedding and would go shopping for a new outfit.

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