SHOCK ROYAL IN­VITE FOR TEEN JAMIE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734d

In­spi­ra­tional city young­ster in­vited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding

A teenage boy from Peter­bor­ough will be a guest at the Royal Wedding- after working to turn his life around.

Jamie Turner (16) from Cardea will be at the mar­riage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 at Wind­sor Cas­tle after be­ing in­vited by Lord-Lieu­tenant Julie Spence.

He re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion after Lord Lt Spence heard how he had worked to beat his autism.

Mum Belinda Bridges said she was very proud of her son.

She said: “He is amazing. He goes to Nenegate Spe­cial School, and when he started he was a dif­fer­ent per­son. He would never go out and leave his room, and didn’t make a lot of friends.

“Now he has much more con­fi­dence, has made lots of friends and is do­ing re­ally well in his GCSEs.”

Jamie was se­lected as one of six peo­ple from Cam­bridgeshire after he gave a speech to more than 40 VIP guests as part of his Duke of Ed­in­burgh Award.

Belinda said; “We had to do a speech to 100 peo­ple in Cam­bridge, and then to 40 VIPs at St James’ Palace. To see what he can do now, com­pared to when he was 11 makes me so proud - he is like a dif­fer­ent per­son.”

Lord Lt Spence said: “I was asked, along with other LordLieu­tenants from across the UK, to nom­i­nate in­spi­ra­tional lo­cal peo­ple to at­tend this spe­cial day, and par­tic­u­larly wanted to high­light young peo­ple, or those who seek to help and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion.

“I am de­lighted with my nom­i­nees – each of whom richly de­serves this hon­our and I hope that they along with Prince Harry and Ms Markle have a fan­tas­tic day to re­mem­ber.”

Harry and Meghan . Pic­ture:- Joe Gid­dens/PA Wire

Jamie Turner.

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