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1,200 members of the public have been invited to the Royal Wedding in May

  • Many have been selected for their work in the community or with charities 

  • They include Afghan war veteran and a girl who survived Manchester bombing

  • Schoolgirl Amelia Thompson, 12, was given two tickets to attend the wedding

  • Instead of her mother, Amelia will take the grandmother of girl killed in the blast 

  • Sharon Goodman lost granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, in the atrocity 

  • Do YOU know anyone who has been invited? Email joseph.curtis@mailonline.co.uk 

  • By Joseph Curtis For Mailonline

    Published: 12:00 BST, 10 April 2018 | Updated: 03:00 BST, 11 April 2018

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    A schoolgirl who survived the Manchester bombing has been handed a pair of Royal Wedding tickets - but rather than taking her mother as her guest she wants to invite a woman who lost her granddaughter in the attack.

    Kind-hearted Amelia Thompson, 12, said she was 'speechless' to be asked to attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Windsor Castle wedding later this month as one of 1,200 members of the public invited as reward for community work.

    She has asked her family friend Sharon Campbell to go as her plus-one after Mrs Campbell lost granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy in the suicide bombing.

    Alongside the pair at the wedding of the year will be hundreds of other ordinary Britons, including an Afghan war veteran, disabled and homeless charity workers and school teachers.

    Manchester Arena bombing survivor Amelia Thompson, pictured at the concert before the attack, is going to the Royal Wedding The 12-year-old, pictured, said she was 'speechless' when she heard the news

    Manchester Arena bombing survivor Amelia Thompson, 12, pictured left at the Ariana Grande concert before the attack and right present day, will also be at the major event and said she was 'speechless' when she heard the news

    The lucky 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 ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities. 

    Kensington Palace announced the group 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.

    Afghanistan veteran Philip Gillespie, pictured, who lost a leg to a bomb in 2010, is one of the 1,200 members of the public invited to the Royal Wedding thanks to his work supporting the ABF The Soldiers' Charity

    Schoolboy Reuben Litherland, 14, has been invited for teaching his classmates sign language after he was born deaf

    Schoolboy Reuben Litherland, 14, has been invited for teaching his classmates sign language after he was born deaf

    Jorja Furze was born without a left leg The 12-year-old has gone on to become an ambassador for an amputee charity

    Jorja Furze, left and right, 12, was born without a left leg and has gone on to work an ambassador for amputee charity Steel Bones despite her young age

    Former homeless teenager Kai Fletcher, 18, pictured, is going to the wedding after turning his life around and now works with a charity to help rough sleepers

    Former homeless teenager Kai Fletcher, 18, pictured, is going to the wedding after turning his life around and now works with a charity to help rough sleepers

    The couple received the invite to Harry and Meghan's (pictured) wedding for their involvement in a Carlisle arts charity and said they were brushing up on their etiquette The Royal couple pose for a photo at their engagement announcement

    The couple received the invite to Harry and Meghan's wedding for their involvement in a Carlisle arts charity and said they were brushing up on their etiquette. Pictured left and right are the Royal couple posing for engagement photos

    Among those chosen are Philip Gillespie, 30, of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, who was a former section commander in the Royal Irish Regiment.

    The solider lost his right leg in 2010 aged just 22 four months into his third tour of Afghanistan when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED), needing three operations at Camp Bastion before he was airlifted to hospital in the UK for further treatment. 

    Since then he has dedicated his life to charity, raising cash and awareness for ABG The Soldiers' Charity and has recently competed in team trials for rowing, swimming and archery at the next Invictus Games, set up by Prince Harry. 

    Mr Gillespie said it is 'a wee bit surreal' to think he will be there next month with his girlfriend Kirsty Crawford.

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    'It's a massive privilege, it will be a huge spectacle,' he added. 

    He added he was looking forward to a busy few months with the Invictus trial results, the wedding and then a royal garden party following his BEM award last year.

    He said he had not told many people yet but expected his friends' reaction to be muted, compared to the feedback his girlfriend was getting.

    'I think Kirsty has got more of a reaction, I think it (a wedding) is more of a girl thing,' he laughed. 

    Miss Thompson said she was 'speechless' when she saw the message saying she was going to the wedding.

    Manchester terror attack survivor is invited to wedding

    Amelia Thompson survived the Manchester terror attack and will attend the wedding with family friend Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the bombing

    Amelia Thompson survived the Manchester terror attack and will attend the wedding with family friend Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old daughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the bombing

    A 12-year-old girl left traumatised when she was caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing has decided to take the grandmother of a teenager who died in the terror attack with her to the royal wedding.

    Amelia Thompson said she was 'speechless' when she found out she was being invited to Harry and Meghan's marriage next month.

    A year ago, she was among the crowds when the bomb went off in the foyer at Manchester Arena and suffered trauma as well as damaged vocal cords from screaming at the horror of what she was witnessing.

    Since the attack, Amelia and her family have met others affected by the bombing through fundraising efforts, including a photo shoot.

    The teenager said she asked her mother, Lisa Newton, whether she would forfeit her chance of going to the wedding in favour of their friend Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy was killed in the attack.

    Now they say they are hoping another ticket might become available so another friend Harriet Taylor can go too.

    The 12-year-old from Dronfield Woodhouse, near Sheffield, has spent a year recovering from the trauma she suffered after she witnessed the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing.

    Now she has decided to give her other ticket to Sharon Goodman, whose 15-year-old granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy died in the attack.

    The youngster said: 'I was speechless. I could not respond I was so excited,' and she is now looking forward to buying a dress. 

    Jorja Furze, 12, has also been chosen for her work as ambassador for the Steel Bones charity which works with the amputee community.

    Jorja is an amputee from birth, having lost her left leg, but has overcome adversity to help others in similar situations.

    She has also set up an anxiety group for new students at her school in Ely, Wales, to help them cope with the adjustment to higher education.

    Teenager Kai Fletcher, who found himself homeless at 15, has also been invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

    Kai had a difficult childhood growing up in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence, and later found himself homeless.

    After turning to Bath-based charity Southside for help, the 18-year-old now works for the organisation as a young advocate team leader having turned his life around.

    'It was a bit surprising. I am looking forward to going, really excited,' he said.

    Mr Fletcher, who lives in Bath, said he would be taking his sister Louise with him to the wedding at Windsor Castle next month.

    He said he had met the Duchess of Cornwall when she visited the Southside project in Bath last year with the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw.

    'The Duchess was really lovely and I quite liked her. She really listened to what you had to say, which was nice,' he said.

    'I am giving back to Southside what they have given to me, which was a new opportunity.' 

    Mother-of-three Pamela Anomneze said she felt 'excited and overwhelmed' to be one of the chosen guests after she was recognised for her work with social enterprise Studio 306 Collective, which helps those with mental health problems.

    Primary school teacher David Gregory, pictured, 28, of Northumberland, has been invited for his work with pupils on practical projects to help his community in Blyth, including environmental endeavours 

    Primary school teacher David Gregory, pictured, 28, of Northumberland, has been invited for his work with pupils on practical projects to help his community in Blyth, including environmental endeavours 

    Tessa Hince, left, and Hayley Ash, right, are going to the wedding for their efforts founding a Christmas lunch in Banbury and Shipston-on-Stour, bringing together people who might be lonely or on their own during the festive period

    Tessa Hince, left, and Hayley Ash, right, are going to the wedding for their efforts founding a Christmas lunch in Banbury and Shipston-on-Stour, bringing together people who might be lonely or on their own during the festive period

    Invitations to the wedding, pictured, went out last month. They feature American ink written on English card and were made by Barnard & Westwood, which has held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985

    Invitations to the wedding, pictured, went out last month. They feature American ink written on English card and were made by Barnard & Westwood, which has held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985

    Mr Gillespie has also recently competed in trials for the next Invictus Games in swimming, rowing and archery, pictured

    Mr Gillespie has also recently competed in trials for the next Invictus Games in swimming, rowing and archery, pictured

    She said: 'I got an email informing me, and I thought it was an April Fool's prank.'

    The mother-of-three described the honour as 'truly unbelievable', saying the engaged pair are the 'world's most beautiful couple'.

    The 52-year-old, from Haringey, London, will take her 15-year-old son Jude Anomneze-Collins as her plus one, after he made a heartfelt plea to attend alongside her.

    Former homeless teen who turned life around nets wedding invite 

    Kai, pictured, grew up in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence but is now helping others through similar difficulties

    Kai, pictured, grew up in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence but is now helping others through similar difficulties

    A teenager who found himself homeless at 15 has been invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding.

    Kai Fletcher had a difficult childhood growing up in a household troubled by alcohol and domestic violence, and later found himself homeless.

    After turning to Bath-based charity Southside for help, the 18-year-old now works for the organisation as a young advocate team leader having turned his life around.

    'It was a bit surprising. I am looking forward to going, really excited,' he said.

    Mr Fletcher, who lives in Bath, said he would be taking his sister Louise with him to the wedding at Windsor Castle next month.

    He said he had met the Duchess of Cornwall when she visited the Southside project in Bath last year with the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw.

    'The Duchess was really lovely and I quite liked her. She really listened to what you had to say, which was nice,' he said.

    'I am giving back to Southside what they have given to me, which was a new opportunity.' 

    'He used to watch Suits. When I came home and informed him of the invite he was down on his knees begging to go. He said 'Oh mum, just to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle!'

    She said she may wear a colourful outfit traditional to her native Nigeria, but will leave the decision up to her colleagues.

    'I want to think about what to wear and seek advice from my team. I want the Collective collectively to advise me,' she said. 

    Fourteen-year-old Reuben Litherland's school support worker in Derby did not believe him at first when he informed her he would be among the congregation at the wedding, his mother said.

    The Saint Benedict Catholic Academy pupil, who is deaf and has set up a lunchtime sign language club at school, is still coming to terms with the news, she said.

    His mother Jacinta Litherland, who will attend the wedding with her son, said: 'He is very excited, and probably a bit bewildered. It's just not quite sunk in.'

    She said she was 'very proud' of her son's achievements, which include campaigning for deaf friendly cinema screenings, at such a young age.

    'He is raising awareness of the difficulties and struggles that deaf children face, and he's doing it very well,' she said.

    The pair will miss Ms Litherland's brother's birthday as it clashes with the wedding.

    'He will understand - but he will have something to say about it,' she joked.

    Volunteer social enterprise worker Amy Wright is 'very excited' at her invitation to the royal wedding but views it as an accolade for the whole team she works with.

    The 26-year-old is chair of the board of directors for The Usual Place cafe in Dumfries, which provides employability and training opportunities for young adults with additional support needs.

    She has been invited to share Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day on May 19 along with Heather Hall, chief executive of The Usual Place.

    They were nominated by the Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries and were delighted to be invited to the wedding day.

    Ms Wright, from Annan in Dumfries and Galloway, said: 'It was a major surprise to the whole Usual Place team that we got this invitation.

    Pamela Anomneze, 52, pictured, is going to the wedding in recognition of her work with a social enterprise that helps people with mental health issues

    Pamela Anomneze, 52, pictured, is going to the wedding in recognition of her work with a social enterprise that helps people with mental health issues

    Rosie Ginday, 34, pictured, founded Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise that provides training and job opportunities for disadvantaged young people, earning her an invite to the wedding

    Rosie Ginday, 34, pictured, founded Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise that provides training and job opportunities for disadvantaged young people, earning her an invite to the wedding

    Amy Wright, 26, pictured, was given an invitation for setting up the Usual Place Cafe, another social enterprise that supports young people aged 16-25 with special needs

    Amy Wright, 26, pictured, was given an invitation for setting up the Usual Place Cafe, another social enterprise that supports young people aged 16-25 with special needs

    Harry and Meghan, pictured, have invited 1,200 members of the public to their nuptials

    Harry and Meghan, pictured, have invited 1,200 members of the public to their nuptials

    'I didn't realise there were going to be public guests at the Royal Wedding and I feel as part of this team very proud at being picked.

    'I think it's amazing for the whole team at The Usual Place but also for Dumfriesshire.'

    Charity worker Zoe Arundell (centre) has met Harry and Meghan before

    Charity worker Zoe Arundell (centre) has met Harry and Meghan before

    She added: 'I'm very much looking forward to going. I do try to keep up with what the younger royals are doing because there's not that much age difference between us.

    'I think it's quite amazing that Prince Harry and Meghan have invited a large number of the public to their wedding.'

    Zoe Arundell will be lucky enough to see the couple for a second time, having met them during a recent visit to Cardiff Castle.

    The 20-year-old from Penygraig in Wales described that as 'a very happy day' and said Harry told her she was 'definitely a role model' for her work with the Valley Kids charity which helps disadvantaged children and families.

    She will take as her guest her 62-year-old grandmother Pat Churches, who she said 'loves the royals'.

    Ms Arundell said she was relieved to see she had no plans that weekend, but quickly added: 'I think if I did have any plans they would be changed straight away!'

    Entrepreneur Rosie Ginday, 34, who set up the social enterprise and baking business Miss Macaroon in Birmingham in 2011, said she was 'delighted' to get an invitation, after impressing Harry and Meghan with some of her trainees' macaroons during their visit to the city in March.

    Her sweet treats organisation reinvests profits into developing disadvantaged young people's potential, training them as chefs, and offering them real world experience.

    ...but Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Theresa May WON'T be there! 

    President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will not be guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding next month - and nor will President Donald Trump.

    The couple have decided not to invite any political leaders both from the UK and abroad, which means that even British Prime Minister Theresa May isn't on the list.

    Sources say that as Prince Harry is not a direct heir to the throne there is no need to have such a formal guest list.

    Prince Harry interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in December

    Prince Harry interviews former US President Barack Obama as part of his guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in December

    Prince Harry with the First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the White House in 2013

    Prince Harry with the First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the White House in 2013

    In additional, St George's Chapel, where the couple will wed on May 19, is much smaller than Westminster Abbey, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot.

    'Only 600 guests are going to be invited and if the couple had to invite a long list of VIPs and dignitaries, it would take up a huge chunk of the available seats,' said a source.

    A Kensington Palace Spokesman said: 'It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international - is not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding. 

    'Her Majesty's Government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by The Royal Household.'

    In January royal biographer, Duncan Larcombe, predicted that the Obamas would not get an invite to avoid upsetting diplomatic ties with the US.

    Donald Trump, pictured, is also not invited to the wedding with the President yet to make an official visit to the UK

    Donald Trump, pictured, is also not invited to the wedding with the President yet to make an official visit to the UK

    Prime Minister Theresa May is also off the list after the couple decided against inviting political leaders

    Prime Minister Theresa May is also off the list after the couple decided against inviting political leaders

    Reports suggested that the Foreign Office was nervous about upsetting current president Donald Trump, who has still not visited the UK in an official capacity or met the Queen.

    Additionally, the royal family is supposed to remain neutral and above politics and no foreign heads of state were invited to Kate and William's wedding in 2011. 

    'There were religious leaders, members of the royal family, and commonwealth countries that were invited, 'he told townandcountry.com. 

    'I suspect that will be the same blueprint that Meghan and Harry will use. 'It's all very carefully orchestrated to make sure that there's no political overtones.' 

    The qualified pastry chef and former English teacher said: 'Harry and Meghan came to Millennium Point (Birmingham), and got to taste our macaroons which was really fun.

    'They were both so passionate about meeting all the young girls there and took a real interest.

    'They're accessible as well, and it's great to have a younger generation of royals showing they do care and they are invested in what young people can do.'

    Ms Ginday's organisation has worked with care-leavers, the homeless, lone single parents and those with mental health problems, introducing them to working life, at the firm's ship and bakery, and even giving some the chance to work at Michelin star restaurant Purnell's.

    Another wedding guest was Rashid Bhayat, 38, who founded and runs Coventry's Positive Youth Foundation, which offers youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds opportunities in areas like music and sports.

    He described his wedding invitation as 'a glowing testament' to work of the youth organisation's volunteer trustees and staff who give up days, evenings and weekends, providing and running activities.

    In January, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited and saw their work first-hand.

    Speaking of his invite, he said: 'I feel honoured to go and represent - it's not for me, but for all the people who have driven and keep driving the organisation forward.'

    He added: 'I will be using the opportunity to raise the profile of our young people's work and the value of reinvesting in our youth.' 

    Tessa Hince, who lives near Banbury, Oxfordshire, and Hayley Ash, of Shipston-on-Stour, both 32, received invites after running the successful Shipston Christmas Community Lunch, since 2016.

    Catherine Cooke, right, and daughter Julie-Ann Coll, of Northern Ireland, were both invited for their charity work, with Ms Cooke co-ordinating a women's charity while Ms Coll runs a support group that helps children cope with child bereavement 

    Catherine Cooke, right, and daughter Julie-Ann Coll, of Northern Ireland, were both invited for their charity work, with Ms Cooke co-ordinating a women's charity while Ms Coll runs a support group that helps children cope with child bereavement 

    The couple will have a carriage procession around Windsor like that at the wedding of Prince Edward and his bride Sophie, now Countess of Wessex, in 1999 (pictured). Some 2,600 members of the public will be allowed into the grounds to watch

    The couple will have a carriage procession around Windsor like that at the wedding of Prince Edward and his bride Sophie, now Countess of Wessex, in 1999 (pictured). Some 2,600 members of the public will be allowed into the grounds to watch

    The community event brings together people who might otherwise be isolated at Christmas, drawing its funds and produce from public donations.

    Both had already got invitations to the Queen's garden party on May 15, and joked they now needed to find different outfits for the wedding.

    Ms Hince, who is taking along her best friend, said she was 'absolutely speechless' and 'so excited'.

    Who will be in Windsor Castle's grounds on Harry and Meghan's wedding day?

    A Kensington Palace announcement at the beginning of March stated that the 2,600 people invited into the castle's ground on Harry and Meghan's wedding day will include:

    · 1,200 members of the public from around the United Kingdom, nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenant offices. The statement said: 'The couple have asked that the people chosen are from a broad range of backgrounds and ages, including young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities.'

    · 200 people from a range of charities and organisations which Prince Harry and Meghan support.

    · 100 pupils from two local schools: The Royal School, Great Park, Windsor and St George's School, Windsor Castle.

    · 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St George's Chapel community.

    · 530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate.

    'It's giving some coverage to this great cause,' she added.

    Miss Ash, who is taking her mother as a guest, said: 'It's crazy - it all feels like a bit of a whirlwind.' 

    Adam Hughes and Kimberly Watkin, who met at Haywood Academy, in Staffordshire, were stunned when the invite bearing the Royal crest dropped through the letterbox.

    Now they are busy choosing their most regal outfits and brushing up on their manners.

    Mr Hughes, aged 23, from Hanley, said: 'Kimberley was just going about her day about three weeks ago when she had a mysterious call telling her to keep an eye on the post and to make sure she was free on May 19.

    'While we are both royalists we hadn't kept up so didn't realise what was happening.

    'A few days letter a Harry Potter-style letter came with a Royal crest that said we had been invited to the wedding because of our strength within the local community.

    'I was a bit sceptical at first because we didn't know who it was that called. I did not think it was true but once the letter arrived Kimberley took a picture and sent it to me - I was totally shocked.

    'It was an incredibly proud moment and we are now feeling a bit anxious and have to find out what to wear and learn all of the etiquette.'

    The couple have been told to arrive at Windsor Castle for 8.30am where they will be with the other guests until the Royal couple arrive. 

    They will then get to watch the ceremony live streamed into the castle grounds.

    They were chosen due to their community involvement in a charity called Carlisle Undercroft that aims to open a community arts venue under Carlisle Railway Station in Cumbria.

    Miss Watkin, 23, started the charity after moving from Burslem to Carlisle when she was a student.

    She added: 'It was amazing to receive the letter. I had to read it a couple of times but I did not believe it. I was absolutely shocked.

    'It was just a letter to begin with so we are still waiting for the proper invite but I wondered 'why me?'. 

    'But we have done so much work with the Carlisle Undercroft that someone decided to nominate us to go to the wedding. I am still in shock.

    Adam Hughes and Kimberly Watkin, pictured, are among the 1,200 members of the public to receive an invite to the Royal Wedding in May

    Adam Hughes and Kimberly Watkin, pictured, are among the 1,200 members of the public to receive an invite to the Royal Wedding in May

    'It is going to be great but I have absolutely no clue what to wear. I have never been to Windsor Castle before and it will be nice to go with Adam because we don't always get to do much together.'

    Some 600 guests will attend Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding service at St George's Chapel before they all make their way to a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall, which is being given by the Queen.

    Later that evening, 200 guests are invited to the private reception at Frogmore House given by The Prince of Wales.

    The invitation stipulates a strict dress code with men asked to don military uniform - likely to be worn by Harry, a former solder who is now Captain General of Royal Marines - or a morning coat and lounge hat, with women asked to wear a day dress and hat. 

    The invitations have been produced by company Barnard & Westwood, which has held a Royal Warrant for Printing & Bookbinding by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985.

    Using American ink on English card, the invites - on thick white card gilded along the edge - feature printed italic writing and are issued under Charles's name and bear his heraldic feathers embossed in gold at the top.   

    Each invitation was printed by Lottie Small, who recently completed her apprenticeship, on a machine from the 1930s that she affectionately nicknamed 'Maude'.

    The invitations are similar to the ones sent out for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011 - although these were in a different font and were issued with the Queen's royal cypher.

    They featured the words 'The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite....'

    The invitations read: 'His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales KG KT requests the pleasure of the company of....... at the marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales with Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 19th May, 2018 at 12 Noon followed by a reception at Windsor Castle.'

    The Royal wedding takes place on May 19. 

    No toasters! Harry and Meghan name charities guests can donate to instead of wedding presents

    By Siofra Brennan for MailOnline

    If you're lucky enough to be on the 600-strong guest list for the royal wedding, at least one thing you won't have to worry about is what to buy as a gift.

    The couple have asked guests and wellwishers to donate to charity rather than buying a gift when they tie the knot on 19th May, and now they have released the names of the seven charities they're hoping people will support.

    Harry and his bride-to-be have chosen organisations representing causes close to their hearts including, sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness and the Armed Forces

    Meghan and Harry met young participants in the StreetGames initiative when they visited Cardiff earlier this year 

    Meghan and Harry met young participants in the StreetGames initiative when they visited Cardiff earlier this year 

    And they showed their determination to continue Princess Diana's work in support of people with HIV by nominating the Children's HIV Association.

    A spokesperson for Kensington Palace said: 'Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit.

    'The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.

    Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have personally selected seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values.

    'Prince Harry and Ms. Markle do not have any formal relationships with the charities chosen.

    'The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about.

    'Many of these are small charities, and the couple are pleased to be able to amplify and shine a light on their work.'

    The charities are:

    CHIVA (Children's HIV Association)

    Crisis (National charity for homeless people)

    Myna Mahila Foundation (women's charity in Mumbai)

    StreetGames (Sports based charity for young people)

    Surfers Against Sewage (national marine conservation and campaigning charity)

    The Wilderness Foundation UK (charity which promotes nature)

    Scotty's Little Soldiers (A charity which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces) 

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