Meghan Markle reads her children’s book to kids at Harlem school

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised students at a Harlem school on Friday as they continued their tour of New York.

Prince Harry and Meghan are joining Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter at P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson to highlight school initiatives and to promote early literacy. 

During the visit, the Duchess will read her best-selling children’s book, The Bench, to a class of second graders, and be shown a mural painting by fourth and fifth grade students. 

It tells the story of the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes, and Meghan has previously revealed that Harry and firstborn, Archie, were the inspiration behind it.  

To support the school’s ongoing community efforts, Harry and Meghan will donate two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs to support a growing need in the community for easy access to fresh and healthy food. 

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The Sussexes began their trip on Thursday with a visit to the One World Observatory, joining New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor of New York State Kathy Hochul.

It marked their first outing since stepping back from royal duties in March 2020, and since the birth of their daughter, Lilibet, in June. 

When asked if they were enjoying being in New York, with Meghan replying: “It’s wonderful to be back.”

Later in the day, Harry and Meghan, in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), hosted a roundtable with global leaders on achieving vaccine equity.

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Harry and Meghan after their meeting with the World Health Organization

The Duke and Duchess said: “Today’s meeting was a much-appreciated opportunity to learn from some of the most-respected experts who are working tirelessly to end this pandemic.

“Building on ongoing conversations we’ve had with global leaders over the past 18 months, today further reinforced our commitment to vaccine equity. We’re so encouraged by the spirit of collaboration we heard throughout our conversation and are eager to do our part.”

The couple will also attend the 24-hour broadcast Global Citizen Live being staged in New York’s famous Central Park and around the world on Saturday.

It is part of a number of shows being held in cities as varied as London to Lagos by the organisation Global Citizen, with artists like Ed Sheeran, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Metallica and Coldplay scheduled to perform.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have advocated for vaccine equity and urged people to support the Global Citizen COVAX campaign in honour of their son Archie‘s second birthday in May.

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