Meghan Markle and Prince Harry surprised a group of young poets by making an appearance at their poetry class on Zoom this weekend. In honor of Black History Month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a virtual session held by a nonprofit organization Get Lit – Words Ignite!
Their appearance aimed to celebrate Black authors and poets and was welcomed by stunned students with wide grins, clasped hands, and shocked faces. During the session, Markle even revealed her favorite poetry lines. The organization helps increase literacy and empower young people in more than 100 schools in the United States. Their curriculum aids students in learning classical poetry along with composing and performing their verses.
The organization wrote in an Instagram post, “Guess who surprised our poetry class this weekend?! 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 Duchess even shared some of her favorite poetry lines.”
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Mason Granger, the community outreach manager at Get Lit – Words Ignite!, shared a screenshot of the royal couple’s interaction with the students on his Instagram page. “Soooo Prince Harry and Meghan dropped into my poetry class on Saturday and kicked it with the Get Lit Players for a multitude of minutes,” wrote Granger. He revealed his favorite moment during the session, “My favorite 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.”
Granger described the moment as being “pretty surreal.” He added: “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 org and all the kids are posting today with more details about the visit— I just want to say that the Get Lit Players are brilliant and 10/10 would recommend The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for your next Zoom poetry practice.”