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Reformed gang member Karl Lokko to attend royal wedding

INVITATION: Prince Harry and Karl Lokko pictured in 2014 (Image Karl Lokko/Instagram)

REFORMED GANG member Karl Lokko will attend the royal wedding on Saturday (May 19) as a friend of Prince Harry’s.

Lokko, who is from south London and is now a youth community activist, is understood to have formed a friendship with the prince after turning his life around.

Writing in the Guardian in April, Lokko shared details about his experiences as part of a gang.

He witnessed someone being shot when he was 12 years old, an experience that he found traumatic.

He said: “Four years on, I was heavily involved in gangs. By the age of 16 I had been shot at, cut on the face and stabbed in the chest, and one of my best friends had been killed, just a couple days before our GCSE exams.

“I had strayed completely off the path my parents had intended for me. Criminal activity was an everyday thing: I would be armed on my way to the local chicken shop with friends. The radical change in my personal identity was alarming even to me.”

A pastor, Mimi Asher, was instrumental in turning Lokko’s life around.

He was close friends with her son, who was also in the same gang as him, and he was shot outside her house.

The 27-year-old who has a YouTube channel with his wife Cassie, was a guest on Prince Harry’s one-off Today programme show on Radio 4 last year. The prince interviewed Lokko and other guests including former US president Barack Obama.

The Christian couple, who are currently expecting their first child, will attend the wedding together tomorrow.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have invited more than 2,000 members of the public to celebrate their wedding at Windsor Castle.

For details on how to watch the royal wedding click here.

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