Meghan Markle and Prince Harry might not have official royal duties any longer, but that doesn't stop them continuing to make public appearances for causes they care about. First up for 2021, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex marked the US' Black History Month by surprising a group of youth poets on Zoom. Just... imagine if Meghan and Harry casually rolled in to your call.
The royal couple joined the group from Get Lit, a youth poetry organisation based in LA, and stuck around for 45 minutes to talk about the importance of poetry in culture, and how young people can make a difference.
In a screenshot shared on Twitter from the call, Meghan and Harry both look exceptionally happy and healthy, beaming at the camera with glowy faces. The Santa Barbara sun is clearly delivering all the vitamin D they need - a stark contrast from the snowy weather they'd have been trudging around in right now if the Sussexes still lived in Windsor. Brrr.
Poetry tutor Mason Granger, who was leading the session, wrote on Instagram afterwards that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "kicked it" on the Zoom call, and noted that he particularly enjoyed hearing Meghan "echoing so many sentiments we’ve talked about in class, about this particular moment in time/history to be a young person and the ripple effect of a single voice."
Clearly bowled over by the Sussexes, Granger added: "10/10 would recommend The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for your next Zoom poetry practice." I mean... if only.
"It was pretty surreal. My kids shared poems, they asked questions, the kids answered and asked questions back, they responded authentically (they actually read and learned the kids bios I’d sent earlier)," the tutor shared. Bet the young writers are still buzzing now off the glow of royalty appreciating their poems.
Meghan and Harry have evidently settled into their new, non-royal life in California very well, launching a podcast and signing a deal with Netflix to name but a few of the successes they've had over the past year. But there's a small chance we might get to see the Duke and Duchess back in (Harry's) home territory later this summer.
A surprise poetry class appearance from the Sussexes in honour of #BlackHistoryMonth. @GetLitPoet’s initiative helps increase literacy and empower youth at over 100 US schools. Their curriculum helps students learn classic poetry alongside penning and performing their own verses. https://t.co/l2fmd36JrW pic.twitter.com/yCR2d55Ark
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 8, 2021
One of the major dates in Her Majesty's royal calendar, the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, is due to take place in June to celebrate her birthday. You might be more familiar with it as 'the one where all the royals stand on the balcony'. Anyway, although Meghan and Harry aren't required to carry out any official royal duties anymore, the Trooping of the Colour is thought of as a family occasion for the Queen, so COVID-providing, they should hopefully be in attendance.
So maybe there's that to look forward to, in lieu of... literally anything else.
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