On International Women's Day (March 8), Meghan Markle made a visit to Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, where she delivered a speech to the students. During the event, the school's head boy, Aker Okoye, 16, joined her on stage to explain why he believed the day was so important. The conversation went a little bit of off the cuff — and since then, Aker Okoye has apologized to Prince Harry for "cuddling" Meghan Markle.
The trouble started when Aker got up on stage. "She really is beautiful, innit?" he said to his fellow students.
Meghan laughed and shook her head in disapproval, to which Aker jokingly said he had to "say the truth." He explained why International Women's Day was important to him, then received a big hug from Meghan. And thus the "cuddle" was born.
Following the event, Aker decided to write a letter, since published in The Sun, addressed to both Harry and Meghan. But as he told The Sun, the letter was truly written with the duke in mind. “I’ve written the letter to make sure Harry doesn’t have a problem with it and to say sorry really and that I hope he didn’t mind," he told The Sun.
Read it in full for yourself here:
Dear Harry & Meghan,
Harry, hope you don’t mind me writing this letter. I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife.
I was just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school. It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well.
She truly is inspirational. I nearly met you (Harry) last year when you came to East London to open the Future Youth Zone but I was away with the school. I hope to meet you one day.
Good luck for the future.
With kind regards,
According to The Sun, Aker will be sending the letter to Buckingham Palace, where Meghan and Harry will have offices until April 1.
In the spirit of International Women's Day, a suggestion for Aker: If he actually feared offending Meghan, a letter written with her comfort in mind might go a long way.