Amer­i­can ‘su­per­fan’ can’t wait for Royal wed­ding “

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LON­DON — For Donna Werner, an Amer­i­can, trav­el­ing more than seven hours and 4,800km will all have been worth it if she just gets a look and a wave from Bri­tain’s newly-mar­ried royal cou­ple on Satur­day.

Werner, 66, from New Fair­field, Con­necti­cut, has joined thou­sands of oth­ers who will camp out for sev­eral nights in the streets of Wind­sor in the hope of catch­ing a glimpse of Prince Harry and US ac­tress Meghan Markle on their wed­ding day.

“I want them to come through those gates. I want them to look at me, wave and smile,” Werner said out­side Wind­sor Cas­tle, dressed head to toe in a mix of Bri­tish and US flag-themed at­tire, in­clud­ing a shirt that read “Prince Harry, I’m still avail­able. Last chance!”

“That will make it all worth­while. It re­ally will.”

A self-pro­claimed “royal su­per-fan”, Werner, a mar­ried, stay-at-home mom, has made the trip across the At­lantic for sev­eral royal oc­ca­sions in Bri­tain, in­clud­ing the wed­dings of Prince Andrew in 1986 and Prince Wil­liam in 2011 and Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in 2016.

For her, it’s all about be­ing part of a love story.

“This is a real life fairy­tale. It has come true for one lit­tle girl... I’m so happy for her and I’m so happy for Harry,” said Werner, who planned to spend her first night un­der the stars in a sleep­ing bag on Wed­nes­day.

Armed also with hand warmer heat pack­ets, she will camp there till Satur­day to en­sure she gets a good view of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s car­riage pro­ces­sion af­ter they have tied the knot in a cer­e­mony at St Ge­orge’s Chapel in the cas­tle.

“It is such an ex­pe­ri­ence. Peo­ple think it would be fun to do, but to ac­tu­ally buy a plane ticket and then to sleep on the streets for three to four nights,” she said.

“At my age most peo­ple are, like, ‘give me a ho­tel’.”

In re­cent days, head­lines around the royal wed­ding have been dom­i­nated by news that Meghan’s fa­ther, Thomas Markle, will not at­tend his daugh­ter’s wed­ding fol­low­ing re­ports that he staged pa­parazzi pho­tos and suf­fered a heart at­tack.

Werner, who has de­scribed her pen­chant for the royal fam­ily as “a lit­tle ob­ses­sion”, had strong words about the drama.

“I re­ally think it stinks,” she said.

“I just still think you have to be there for your daugh­ter. Just suck it up.” — REUTERS

Royal nut: A self-pro­claimed ’royal su­per-fan’, Werner, a mar­ried, stay-at-home mom, has made the trip across the At­lantic for the wed­dings of Prince Andrew in 1986 and Prince Wil­liam in 2011 and Queen El­iz­a­beth’s 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in 2016. —...

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