Photo: Estébaliz Chávez
Her persistence has paid off. Sort of. Estébaliz Chávez, a Mexican teen who protested outside the British embassy to get an invitation to the royal wedding, has received a donation from Octavio Fitch Lazo, for plane tickets to London.
She hasn’t been officially invited. In fact, a spokesperson from the embassy gave her a written notice from representatives of Prince William, saying invitations had already been sent, and there was no possible way she could attend. The letter also said the painting she did during her hunger strike could not be delivered to the prince.
Some people called her “the crazy of the embassy.”Even she wonders in retrospective, “how did I do all those things to go?”
She lost 17 pounds by the end of her demonstration. That’s more than one pound per day as she rallied for an invitation in front of the Mexican embassy. And though she never did get invited, Octavio Fitch Lazo, the secretary of the Mexican Civic Association Pro-Plata, lent her the money to go to London.
“I was moved when I saw how nobody really comprehended her much, and I think she’s right in fighting for what she wants” Fitch said.
“I feel nervous,” said Chávez on her way to London. “I hope I’m allowed in the UK, because there’s also the possibility of being denied access for the things I did, they may consider me dangerous to the royals,” she said.
“I’ve never done anything like this. I did it like an impulse, it was the only way I was able to travel to England.”