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Catholic schoolboy ‘really excited’ to receive royal wedding invite

A Catholic schoolboy, who has started teaching his fellow pupils sign language, is among those invited to the forthcoming royal wedding.

Reuben Litherland, 14, was born deaf and started the lessons at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby.

He was invited in recognition of his work for the deaf community – as he also campaigns for deaf-friendly cinema screenings.

The youngster said he was “really excited and happy” to be invited to the wedding and began to dance around when he heard the news.

Reuben said: “I’m really excited to have this opportunity to go because it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I opened the letter and I couldn’t believe it…we danced around.

“I think people, when they saw The One Show, were really fascinated in what I am doing.”

Reuben recently made an appearance on the BBC One show.

Reuben’s mother, Jacinta Litherland, said her son deserved the nomination as he did all the work by himself.

She said: “We didn’t know this was Prince Harry and Meghan’s idea that they were going to invite people who had strong connections with community and were working hard for their community – so we had no idea at all.

“I’m very very proud of him. Of course, he had support – but he’s set his club up himself, he’s taken himself to the front and said ‘I’m Reuben look at me’, and he’s done it all himself.”

Picture: Reuben Litherland, 14, who was born deaf and has started lunchtime lessons to teach sign language at his school, is amongst those who have received an invitation to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle next month. (Aaron Chown/PA).