David Beckham warmed the nation’s heart as he posed with Manchester Arena bombing survivor Amelia Thompson, who is also a guest at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle today.
As he arrived at St George’s Chapel with his wife Victoria, the former footballer stopped to take a picture with Amelia, who received a special invitation from the newly-announced Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The brave 12 year-old, who appeared to be clutching an autograph book to commemorate the occasion, looked thrilled to meet Beckham.
In a heartwarming gesture, Amelia decided to invite Sharon Goodman, who lost her granddaughter Olivia Campbell-Hardy in the terrorist attack, to the ceremony, instead of bringing her mother along as a plus one.
Prior to their wedding, Harry and Meghan revealed that they would be sharing their special day with 2,640 members of the public, including 1,200 people who have made a vital contribution to their local communities through charity work.
Amelia’s mother, Lisa, first received an email from the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, which confirmed that her daughter had been invited to Harry and Meghan’s nuptials, then received a phone call from Kensington Palace the next day. ‘I was speechless when mum told me – I thought it wasn’t real,’ Amelia told the Radio Times.
Of her decision to invite Sharon Goodman to the wedding, Amelia said: ‘She’s going through a hard time, so I just wanted to put a smile on her face.’
The schoolgirl revealed that she’d be buying something new to wear for the occasion, telling the Radio Times: ‘I’m definitely getting something new. I would like a prom dress with details at the top, although I am not sure if I want it short or long – I don’t want it to be too fussy.’ Judging from the news footage from Windsor, it appears that Amelia found something to perfectly fit her brief: here’s hoping that she manages to fill that autograph book
Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer
Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.