Meghan Markle has made a schoolgirl’s “dream come true” after she shared a special moment with a budding 10-year-old actress during an official engagement in Birmingham.
Alongside fiancée Prince Harry, the former Suits star stepped out to meet a group of well-wishers who had gathered to see the couple as they marked International Women’s Day.
During a walkabout before their royal duties, Harry – sporting a camel sweater, navy slacks and a matching overcoat – met an Oasis Academy school student, Sophia Richards, 10, who told him she wanted to be an actress when she grew up.
Harry walked her over to his future wife, who was dressed in a smart, white-trim navy J. Crew topcoat with Alexander Wang trousers and Manolo Blahnik pumps, to introduce the pair.
In a sweet gesture, Meghan embraced the aspiring actress with a heartwarming hug before telling her to follow her dreams.
“Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve and Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress,” Sophia told reporters.
“It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day.”
Meghan has previously spoken about the importance of empowering women, telling the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum last week: “I think right now in the climate that we’re seeing so many campaigns, I mean with Me Too and Time’s Up, there’s no better time to continue that and shine a light on women feeling empowered and really helping to support them – men included in that, it makes such a tremendous difference.”
“You’ll often hear women say ‘Oh, you’re helping women find their voices’ and I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find a voice, they have a voice, they need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen,” she said.
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The royal couple – who are set to be married in May – attended an event hosted by mentoring program Stemettes that aims to inspire the next generation of women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Kensington Palace said.
The pair later visited the Birmingham district of Nechells for the We Are Coaches Core program, which teaches apprentices to learn employable skills and develop personally as well as professionally.