Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave some young poets the shock of their lives when they made an impromptu appearance at their virtual poetry class.
To mark Black History Month in the US, California-based organisation Get Lit, which uses poetry to increase literacy rates among young people in the area while aiming to empower them and inspire communities, hosted one of their many virtual poetry classes over the weekend.
However, this time was different.
Joining the call as a surprise was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who when appearing on the Zoom call were met with hand-over-mouth gasps, surprised raised hands in the air and squeals, judging by a screengrab of the call shared to Instagram by Get Lit.
The organisation explained that the surprise high-profile attendees joined in honour of Black History Month, with Meghan even sharing some of her favourite lines from poetry.
'It was the best weekend ever! Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were magic and kind and interested in poetry!' the group shared.
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
Mason Granger, manager of public outreach at Get Lit, also shared on his Instagram behind-the-scenes information about the royal couple's visit.
'My favourite part of it all was 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. The root of them deciding to come is because at some point in their lives, they were moved by a poem. And whoever wrote that poem at some point thought to themselves, “Does this even matter? Is anyone even listening?” And they shared it anyway. Fast forward ripple ripple ripple and these kids get a surprise 45 minute chat with the Prince Harry and Meghan. 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).'
On the call, Meghan beamed and looked thrilled to be talking to the young poets. The former actor wore a denim shirt and had her long hair flowing freely, while Harry displayed how he is adjusting just fine to the California weather in a white polo.
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