Meghan Markle made one young girl’s day recently, after privately visiting her at her school to invite her to her May 19th wedding to Prince Harry.
The royal bride-to-be met with 13-year-old Leonora Ncomanzi during their first engagement together at Nottingham Academy.
There, Leonora clearly bonded with Harry’s beau, asking her if she could offer any tips to becoming an actress.
Meghan and the schoolgirl chatted on the day – and it was then that Meghan promised to return for a private visit.
The 36-year-old former actress stayed true to her word, returnign earlier this year just weeks before her nupitals, and spent time give Leonora acting tips. How sweet!
Clearly impressed with the young pupil, Leonora later learned that she had been extended an invitation to the wedding after being contacted by Kensington Palace.
Leonora is a member of Full Effect, a charity which offers opportunities to young people in the hopes of detering them from youth violence and crime. It also offers mentoring and training opportunities.
The charity is supported by Harry, Kate and William’s Royal Foundation – of which Meghan will also soon become a patron.
Speaking about the exciting invite, Leonara said, “When I found out that I was invited to the wedding, I was speechless. I am so excited.
“When my mum was told I was invited she screamed for five minutes.
“Meghan is such an inspiration to me – the first time I met her I asked her if she had any advice for me as I want to be an actress like her.”
The 13-year-old went on to reveal that sage advice Meghan offered her for her future career. She shared, “She said I should always be prepared to face rejection but to keep following my dreams. I can’t wait to see what she is wearing on the day. I have already bought my dress too.”
Leonara is one of the 1,200 ‘ordinary heroes’ who have been chosen to attend the big day in Windsor on 19th May. The group will be the very first to see Meghan and Harry as they emerge from St. George’s Chapel, taking up a prime position on the castle’s Lower Ward.