Meghan Markle Reads Her Children's Book 'The Bench' To Students At P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson School In Harlem
It's time for a story! Meghan Markle read her children's book, The Bench, to students at P.S. 123 Mahalia Jackson School in Harlem, N.Y., on Friday, September 24.
"I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven't read it to any other kids but you!" she told the schoolchildren.
The pair were also joined by N.Y.C. Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter, while Prince Harry also sat in on the reading adventure.
The former TV star — who dedicated her book to "the man and the boy who make my heart go pump-pump" — told the second graders that she taught her son, Archie, how the heart works.
"The idea of representation — 'That looks like me!' — I wanted everyone to be included in this book," she added.
The children also drew Meghan and Prince Harry pink paper hearts with their personal stories on it — and the former even gave out hugs!
The two are in town to promote getting vaccinated amid in the ongoing pandemic, and they also met with Chelsea Clinton to discuss the issue.
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“In this room, we had a number of the foremost leaders on public health, pandemic preparedness, scientific progress, and community building,” Harry and Meghan said in a statement. “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 pair will appear at Global Citizen Live's concert on Saturday, September 25.
“Prince Harry and Meghan will join the 24-hour global broadcast event live from the Great Lawn in New York City’s Central Park, to continue their urgent work with world leaders in the pursuit of global vaccine equity to end the COVID-19 pandemic for everyone, everywhere,” the festival wrote in a statement.