Staffordshire couple’s shock at Harry and Meghan Royal Wedding invite


Harry and Meghan’s big day is the talk of the country.

And with thousands of street parties set to take place, many will be watching on the big screen.

But one lucky Staffordshire couple will get to witness it first-hand – after receiving a surprise invite through the post to the ceremony everyone wants to be at!

Adam Hughes and his girlfriend Kimberley Watkin are ahead of the rich and famous, including Barack Obama, in the pecking order for invites.

The couple are among a number of the ‘general public’ who have been rewarded for their charity or community work.

Adam, from Hanley, thought his girlfriend was playing a practical joke on him when she told him how a “mysterious person” had called her with the invitation.

“She first got a phone call from quite a mysterious person she’d never spoken to before,” he recalls.

“He said ‘what are you doing on May 19th’ – and Kim said ‘not much, haven’t got anything planned’.

“He then said, ‘keep it free because Meghan and Harry are getting married on that day’.”

They were told to keep an eye on the post as they were going to receive an invite.

But the couple still thought it was someone playing a practical joke until it actually arrived!

Adam Hughes and Kimberley Watkin are excited for the special day

Adam Hughes and Kimberley Watkin are excited for the special day

The couple have been recognised for setting up the charity ‘Carlisle Undercroft’ to give performers an outlet in the city.

As part of the project, they are are renovating a disused space under Carlisle railway station into a community theatre.

Adam said after it’s completed, performers and acts in the community will be able to use the facility at a low price.

But now their minds on the Royal Wedding – and fielding off questions from envious friends and family!

“They tend to go through the same questions, and it begins with what are you going to wear, how are you going to get there and where are you going to stay?” adds Adam.

“They (the questions) tend to fall…after the initial excitement has come.”

Adam says his grandmother has been giving him royal fashion advice.

“She’s a bit of an etiquette queen, she’s in her 80s so she knows all this stuff apparently.

“She spent an hour talking through what was acceptable and not acceptable.”

Another Staffordshire resident Elliot Lancaster, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, has also received an invite to the wedding.

Elliot founded ‘Utter Rubbish’ – an app that hopes to crackdown on fly-tipping.

He has already received the Diamond Volunteering Award after racking up more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work.

Of the invitation, he said: “I was completely shocked!

“It was massive pride, completely over-whelmed really.

“It’s not something that happens all the time is it, it’s rare!”

Elliot Lancaster still can't believe he's going to the Royal Wedding

Elliot Lancaster

Elliot also set up the Keele Rotaract Society, which fundraises and raises awareness for local homeless shelters.

He added: “I’m still coming to grips with it to be honest, I think it’s amazing to go down and be part of the event itself.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on May 19 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.


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