Meghan and Harry spent their second day in New York with some of the city’s young residents visiting a Harlem public school.
The couple were spotted leaving their hotel earlier today
Harlem School works with non-profit organizations including Reading Partners, that dedicates it work to improve students reading skills.
Meghan and Harry were joined by NYC Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter
Upon arrival, a little girl was so happy to meet Meghan that she started crying. Meghan gave her a hug of comfort
Meghan and Harry were surprised by pink paper hearts by the kids with their personal stories and dedications on them. Meghan made sure to go through them and engaged with the students by name.
During their visit, Meghan gathered the kids for a read of her children’s book The Bench with Harry sitting among the kids listening. She told them, “I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven’t read it to any other kids but you!”
Continuing that she dedicated the book to “the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump,” explaining to the children that the phrase came from teaching Archie how the heart works.
She also explained, “The idea of representation — ‘That looks like me!’ — I wanted everyone to be included in this book.”
Meghan released The Bench on June 8, four days after she gave birth to Lili. At the time she said that creating a children’s book that was diverse and representative was so important to her.
Meghan said: “Growing up, I remember so much how it felt to not see yourself represented. Any child or any family hopefully can open this book and see themselves in it, whether that means glasses or freckled or a different body shape or a different ethnicity or religion.”
When she finished reading her book, Meghan took questions from her young listeners after asking them what special spot they share with the important people in their lives.
“It doesn’t have to be a bench,” she said. “It can be anywhere where you feel comfortable.”
Before departing Meghan and Harry were shown around the school by Principal Melitina Hernandez and two student ambassadors. They also viewed a mural painted by fourth and fifth grade pupils.
Then it was time for a group photo:
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“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also donated two garden boxes filled with vegetables and herbs to support the school’s ongoing community efforts and support the need for fresh food.
Through Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Foundation’s partnership with Proctor & Gamble, they are also providing health products for families at the school as well as a washing machine and dryer for students’ uniforms.”
Upon departing Meghan and Harry were asked by a reporter how Lillibet and son Archie are doing, Meghan responded “they’re so good”
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Following their visit James Reynolds who is a art teacher at the school told HELLO!: “It was really extraordinary because Meghan just wrote a book. We just got back into school after a year and a half and the kids were really excited about creating this mural because it was a complete surprise to them, and so being able to meet her was a chance of a lifetime. So everybody was really excited, it was a secret from all of us over the course of the week, so it was just a marvellous experience for them to come. And for her to read, she said the only other time she’s read the book was to her own children.”
He added that the pupils “were just eternally grateful that Meghan took the time to stop by”.
You can watch him talk with reporters below:
After visiting the Harlem school, Meghan and Harry stopped by at Melba’s soul food restaurant in Harlem
The restaurant shared a picture on Twitter:
Founded by Harlem native Melba Wilson, the restaurant ties in well with the Sussexes’ wish to promote vaccine equity as it became a COVID-19 vaccine pop-up to try to boost take-up in the neighborhood.
It hasn’t been revealed what Meghan and Harry ate, but the restaurant is known for its southern fried chicken and eggnog waffles. A man named Nihal made a tweet showing Meghan and Harry speaking to people in the background and lining up to enter the eatery in face masks.
Meghan and Harry left looking chic
For her second day in New York Meghan wore Loro Piana Loreen Cape in Red Pear
The cape is described as: “Reversible, unlined cape made from double-faced cashmere, featuring hand-finished invisible seams. Its draped cut is emphasized by extremely dropped armholes, while a ribbed, cashmere-knit, detachable collar adds a distinctive touch. Its one-and-a-half-breasted closure and single-button collar complete this comfortable style.”
Meghan matched the cape with ‘Antoine’ Pants, from the same brand.
The trousers are described as:
Pants made from Zelander® wool fabric. The weave’s distinctive, diagonal construction is compact and comfortable to wear. Their naturally flowing, draped, high-waisted cut is free of darts. A thin strap closure with small hook completes the look.
She also wore a matching belt from Loro Piana – the eyelet belt
She accompanied it with the Loro Piana Guastalla Crew Neck Sweater in Red Pear.
And her Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in red.
She carried the Bottega Veneta — the Black Intrecciato Long Wallet
She accessorized her outfit with her must trusted pieces: The Cartier Tank watch – Princess Dianas, Jennifer Meyer 18k gold bezel tennis bracelet , Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet, Birks ‘Snowflake’ ring in rose gold.