In the wake of International Women's Day this weekend, Meghan Markle made a surprise visit to a high school in London, where she mingled with students, sat in on classes, and gave a speech on gender equality.
And, while she was making her speech, she invited an excitable student up onto the stage, who she greeted warmly with a hug and kiss on the cheek.
As you can imagine, the young man's reaction was priceless, and he went on to make a hilarious comment about Meghan to the full school.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch the incredible moment for yourself...
Meghan Markle has revolutionized the royal family.
via: Getty ImagesSince she started dating Prince Harry back in 2016, the world has become completely obsessed with the former actress.
The couple wed in May 2018...
via: Getty ImagesMeghan became the Duchess of Sussex, making her the first mixed-race American woman to join the royal family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have worked tirelessly together to fulfill their royal duties...
via: Getty ImagesSince the wedding, Meghan has taken part in many royal tours and visits all around the world. And having her first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor hasn't stopped her from fulfilling her duties.
Naturally, the world fell in love with the new Duchess...
via: Getty ImagesHer beautiful looks and elegant demeanor captured hearts all around the world, and her work for feminism and women's charities has set an excellent example within the royal family.
Cracks began to show early, however...
via: Getty ImagesMeghan was quickly criticized upon her entrance into the royal family, and not all complaints were because she "wasn't royal enough." A family feud with her father, Thomas Markle, was quickly made very public and, when he didn't attend the wedding, the heat was turned onto Meghan.
Her dad reportedly hasn't met his grandson yet.
via: Good Morning BritainThomas Markle made claims back in 2018 on British television breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, that Meghan had simply "ghosted" him, saying: "I’ve still never met my son-in-law. Why couldn’t Prince Harry have got on a plane and flown to see me to ask for her hand?"
Sources claimed that Meghan has cut all ties with her dad...
via: Getty ImagesSources said that "it's a terribly sad situation but Meghan has made the very difficult decision that she doesn't have an active relationship with her father anymore." "It’s obviously heartbreaking for her but she has to protect herself, her husband and her son."
Meghan was also branded a "diva" since she became royalty.
via: Getty ImagesReports came through that Meghan was extremely high-maintenance in the palace and servers who worked for her had reportedly even quit their jobs due to her behavior. Of course, none of these reports are reliable, but they certainly made their way through newspapers around the world.
And, of course, there were reports of her supposed feuds with Kate Middleton...
via: ShutterstockIt was reported that Meghan left Kate "in tears" after a strict bridesmaid fitting for Princess Charlotte. But, despite many claims that the sisters-in-law are actually very close, tabloids in both the U.K and the U.S. like to state otherwise, saying that Kate is "fed up" of Meghan's high-maintenance attitude.
Even the Duke and Duchess' habit of flying in private jets caused a stir in the media...
via: Getty ImagesAmid current conversations about climate change, many people have noticed that the couple often use a private jet to fly from one part of England to the other, an extremely wasteful method of travel that will ultimately damage the environment. But, of course, Meghan was the one who faced most of the heat for this. The couple also recently made £2.4 million refurbishments to their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, which British taxpayers were not happy about - this was obviously all Meghan's fault too.
Meghan's parenting style was also criticized.
via: Getty ImagesShe was repeatedly mom-shamed after paparazzi snaps emerged of her "awkwardly" holding baby Archie - a struggle that any new mom can totally relate to. Shaming a new parent is completely uncalled for, and this made it very obvious that the press were desperate to stir hate.
Meghan's eventful life was something that the papers simply loved to pick apart...
via: Getty ImagesAnd it seemed that British tabloid paper, The Mail on Sunday, took things a step too far when they published an intimate and private letter that Meghan wrote to her father earlier this year.
The Duke and Duchess had no choice but to take legal action against publishers of the Daily Mail...
via: Getty ImagesThis decision came as Prince Harry made a highly personal attack on the British tabloid press over the treatment of his wife, saying that he could "no longer be a silent witness to her private suffering."
And, following on from the tabloid scandal, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a shocking announcement.
via: Getty ImagesThe royal couple announced via their joint Instagram page that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family. "After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen," the post read.
The couple will now split their time between North America and the UK.
This is a huge deal.
via: Getty ImagesAnd, obviously, their decision has shaken things up. "We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties."
Twitter exploded with reactions to the news, and they were certainly mixed.
It’s perfectly ok for Harry & Meghan to step back from royal duties. Clearly they’re not happy. What’s not ok is c… https://t.co/m3dwC1ifSK— common sense (@common sense)1578554305.0
Others praised the royal couple for the move.
The British press this morning have just proved why Harry & Meghan were spot on with their decision. Only a media t… https://t.co/pbH5xBWpcG— People and Politics (@People and Politics)1578564574.0
Apparently, the pair didn't tell anyone about the news, instead opting to break it through Instagram.BBC, no other senior members of the Royal Family were consulted - including the Queen - and Buckingham Palace is "disappointed." The report also claims that senior royals are said to be "hurt" by the controversial announcement.
But it seems that the Queen may have had a bigger part to play in the controversial decision.
via: Getty ImagesIt's safe to say the pair haven't been thrilled with their royal roles, especially given the negative press they constantly receive. But it seems there were 2 key moments that triggered their decision - and they are thanks to the Queen.
According to The Times, Meghan and Harry reportedly felt "excluded" from the family.said: "The Times understands that the Sussexes were upset at the release of the 'line of succession' photograph and saw it as a signal that they were being excluded from royal life." The snap saw the Queen smiling alongside her heirs Prince George, Prince William, and Prince Charles.
The second reason? The Queen's anticipated 2019 Christmas message.
via: Getty ImagesMany people were quick to point out that there were no photos of Meghan, Harry, or baby Archie on display on the desk. "They will have taken the same message from the fact that there were no images among the framed photographs on the Queen's desk when she delivered her Christmas Day message," the report added. "Their decision to 'step back' from royal duties was, in part, triggered by those signals."
The death of Princess Diana is important too.
It's easy to dismiss the fuss around the departure of Harry and Meghan as just the latest chapter in the royal soap… https://t.co/n13P5QvPzU— Billy Bragg (@Billy Bragg)1578741179.0
But what's next for Meghan?
via: GettyWhat exactly does a real-life princess do when she leaves the royal family?
She goes out and does her own thing.And first things first... Sign a deal with Disney.
The Duchess has signed a voice-over contract with Disney.
She's raising funds for a wildlife charity.
Yeah - Meghan is one inspiring woman.
via: GettySo it will come as no surprise that she threw herself into celebrating and raising awareness for International Women's Day.
This weekend, it was International Women's Day...
via: GettyAnd Meghan and Harry made their first public appearance in months ahead of the event.
Oh, and this incrdedile photograph was taken too...
via: GettyJust look at them. Removing yourself from toxic situations really does do a lot for your looks, doesn't it?
Anyway, putting dazzling photographs aside...
via: GettyWhile visiting the U.K, Meghan decided to pay a surprise visit to a high school in London to talk to students about the importance of International Women's Day.
Meghan surprised the students at Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, east London last week...
via: GettyWhere she sat in on classes, listened to the student's poetry, and generally mingled and chatted with the kids and teachers.
Meghan was filmed sitting in on one of the classes...
Delighted to attend the #DuchessofSussex #MeghanMarkle ‘s final engagement Friday in Dagenham at the Robert Clack U… https://t.co/NseOvfRum0— Carolyn Durand (@Carolyn Durand)1583620335.0
She also gave a speech.
via: GettyThe actress spoke about gender parity and the fight for equal pay for women. She said: “Women who had the strength to really stand up for something that they knew needed to be done is the best example of no matter how small you might feel, how low you may feel on the ladder or the totem pole, no matter what color you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right."
She then went on to address the teenage boys in the room.
via: Getty“It’s very easy to sometimes compartmentalize or silo this idea of International Women’s Day as solely being about women. But it’s not, it’s about all of us," she said.
At this, she spotted one of the students reacting enthusiastically to what she was saying...
via: GettyAnd proceeded to invite him up to the stage.
Sixteen-year-old Aker Okoye gratefully scrambled up to the stage...
via: GettyWhere Meghan greeted him warmly with a big hug and kiss on the cheek.
His face says it all.
via: GettyDuring the embrace, Aker widened his eyes at his friends in the audience - Because how many teenage boys can say they've hugged Meghan Markle?!
Meghan then invited the teenager to give a short speech...
via: GettyIn which a slightly breathless Aker charmingly quipped: "She really is beautiful, innit. I had to speak the truth there."
The school hall erupted into laughter and applause...
via: GettyAs Meghan laughed and waggled her finger at him in a mock scalding.
The hilarious moment was captured on-camera...
Who’s this brave young black king that just tried to shoot his shot to meghan markle? https://t.co/QoXcgBlL4u— just harry (@just harry)1583620961.0
But, all funny jokes aside...
via: GettyAker had an important message for everyone on International Women's Day - "International Women's Day is a reminder to everyone that women can do it all and do do it all. This is more of a message to all you guys. Maybe this Sunday could be the one day we don't look at women as objects."
He is a truly inspiring young man.
via: TwitterThe video of Aker's speech quickly went viral, and he and his mom were invited onto the British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain to further discuss his thoughts on International Women's Day (and what it's like to get a kiss from Meghan Markle, of course.)
But Aker spoke mostly of his mom, who sat beside him throughout the full interview.
via: TwitterHe explained why she is an incredible female role model, saying: "I believe my mom is a hero because she's still here. She's around. She takes care of not just me, but my 3 younger brothers, which is a lot in itself. She works, and she also has a baby brother to take care of."
It was incredibly moving.
via: TwitterAnd he continued to explain that he's proud that she leads her own life outside of her children, which lots of women struggle to do. "She isn't just a mom. She has a life as well, which I think is a stereotype - If you're a mother of more than maybe say one child, your child is your life. And that goes against what International Women's Day is for. My mom is an athlete as well. She plays netball, which I'm really proud of."
Now, the notorious host of Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan, usually has an awful lot to say about Meghan...
via: TwitterBut, in an unusual change of tone, Piers loved Aker's story, and showered the young man in compliments and praise.
"She can do anything and everything."
‘She isn’t just a mum, she has a life as well.’ The man of the moment Aker Okoye, tells us why his mother is his h… https://t.co/2uNePalYCg— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain)1583742404.0