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P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson School students in Harlem, New York City received a visit from two special guests on Friday morning.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan paid a visit to the central Harlem elementary school for an outdoor reading event where Meghan read from her debut children's book, The Bench. The Sussexes were joined by New York City Public Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter for the visit, meant to highlight the school's initiatives and to promote early literacy in young students. Harry and Meghan's visit to Harlem comes after the start of their three-day trip to New York City which began with a visit with Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family and Governor Kathy Hochul at the One World Observatory.
Video clips circulating from the pair's school visit showed Meghan arriving in a maroon-hued oversized jacket and matching wide leg trousers, while Prince Harry kept it casual in a gray sweater and khaki slacks. The duchess was photographed stepping out in the fall appropriate look ahead of entering the school's grounds.
The duke even adorable sat cross-legged on the ground with students while Meghan read aloud, attentively listening along with the schoolchildren.
"I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven't read it to any other kids but you!" she told the second grade school children as she sat down to read from the book.
Prince Harry sits with students as Meghan Markle reads from her book, ‘The Bench.’ She said it’s the first time she’s read the book to a group of kids other than her own two children, Archie & Lillibet (who was born in June) @CBSNewYork pic.twitter.com/HF12WJdh6F
— Natalie Duddridge (@NatDuddridgeTV) September 24, 2021
#PrinceHarry listens to #MeghanMarkle read from her children’s book #TheBench to students at PS 123 in #Harlem.
A touching moment, even though you can hear an anti-vax protester in the background. Harry hugged some kids, who seem very comfy with him. @KensingtonRoyal @PIX11News pic.twitter.com/rOFzFF6Xl1
— James Ford (@jamesfordtv) September 24, 2021
The couple are also expected to leave a donation of vegetable and herb planters for the school, in response to a need for easier access to fresh and healthy food in the community. Meghan and Harry's Harlem visit also comes ahead of their anticipated appearance at Saturday's Global Citizen Live event, where they'll be joined by a number of high profile celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Doja Cat, and more to fundraise for global vaccine equity.
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