• Meghan, Duchess of Sussex embraces student Aker Okoye during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Head boy Aker Okoye offered her a quick peck on the cheek and commented, "She's beautiful, innit" to cheers from the school.
SBS staff writers

9 Mar 2020 - 12:24 PM  UPDATED 9 Mar 2020 - 12:25 PM

Meghan Markle has melted hearts at an East London school, where she urged young men to support and protect the women in the lives. 

In the videos from her trip to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham for International Women's Day  posted to the @sussexroyal account, Markle had a special message for young men - telling them to value the women in their lives and set the example "for some men who are not seeing it that same way."

"You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life, protect them," she said, according to Insider.

"Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe and let's all just rally together to make International Women's Day something that is not just on Sunday, but frankly feels like every day of the year."

The school erupted into applause after head boy Aker Okoye took up her offer for an audience volunteer to offer his thoughts on gender equality.

He offered her a quick peck on the cheek and commented, "She's beautiful, innit" to cheers from the school.


Markle and her husband Prince Harry made headlines, after announcing they would be stepping down from the Royal family

Markle had previously spoken out about the emotional cost of life in the public eye in an interview, telling a reporter she felt particularly vulnerable against negative press coverage as a new mother. It came after Prince Harry announced he was suing the UK tabloids for invading the couple's privacy by  allegedly hacking into voicemails. 

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