Domestic violence victim fighting back with pride

DOMESTIC abuse victim and campaigner Rebecca Beattie was left speechless when Prince Charles revealed that she had won a Pride of Britain Award.

The young mum believed she had been invited to Clarence House for a routine celebration with fellow ambassadors of The Prince’s Trust charity.

Instead, she was amazed when the Prince interrupted what she thought was a routine interview with TV host Laura Whitmore to say he was “proud” that she had won.

He told a clearly emotional Rebecca, “You’ve actually, can you believe this, won the Prince’s Trust Young Achiever of the Year Award from Pride of Britain.”

Charles added that it was “much deserved, to say the least”.

Rebecca, 32, could only say in shock, “I’m blown away.”

The moment is one of the highlights of the star-studded Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, which will be on Sunday, November 1 at 9pm, ITV.

Rebecca said, “I was already overwhelmed at being in Clarence House and meeting Laura, who was lovely.

“I was told they had a lot of interviews to get through, so we sat down and Laura began asking me some questions.

“All of a sudden I saw the camera crew gesturing. I looked to my left and Prince Charles had entered the room. He sat down and started talking to me and I didn’t say a great deal, I was in shock. He just started talking and I just kept thinking, ‘I’m sat next to Prince Charles’.”

Rebecca said, “Prince Charles broke the news. He congratulated me and asked me to look down to my right, where my award was sitting in a box.

“I was absolutely blown away. I’m still in shock. I think I’m dreaming.”

It is the 20th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust Award at Pride of Britain and this year the charity hit the milestone of helping more than a million young people.

Among them is Rebecca, the survivor of a horrific domestic attack that left her with multiple facial fractures and barely able to breathe. She was a college teenager when she got together with her ex-partner more than a decade ago.

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Charlie Loran

Manchester born mummy with a two year old diva (2020), living on the Costa del Sol for just short of a decade.
Former chef and restaurateur, holistic health fanatic and lover of long words.

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