Fasting Mexican denied entry for royal wedding
A 19-year-old Mexican woman whose hunger strike earned her a ticket to Britain for Prince William's royal wedding was denied entry by immigration authorities, her sponsor said Tuesday.
Estibalis Chavez was to be flown to London for the April 29 nuptials by benefactor Octavio Fitch after camping out at the British embassy in February and refusing to eat for 16 days, eventually losing 17 pounds (eight kilos).
"When she arrived in England, the immigration authorities would not let her enter because she was not able to demonstrate secure accommodation in London," Fitch told Mexican media.
Fitch said Chavez was told she could only enter the country if someone met her at the airport. "This is what I am looking for," he added.
The British Home Office said it was looking into the matter.
During her fasting Chavez painted a portrait of Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton, which the embassy refused to deliver.
"I've been a fan of Lady Di since I was little and my mother's a fan as well," said Chavez. "And I promised myself I would go to a royal wedding," she told AFP during her fast.
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