A Nigerian boy, Aker Okoye couldn’t contain his excitement after he hugged Meghan Markle during her surprise visit to his east London school.
The teenager penned a letter to Prince Harry to apologize for “cuddling” his wife and it has garnered a lot of reactions online.
A video fast trending online captures the moment the Duchess paid a visit to Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham on Friday to mark International Women’s Day with its students as it was her last solo engagement as a working member of the Royal Family.
Aker, who is the head boy of the school, stole the spotlight when he leaned in to give the Duchess a hug and complimented her appearance.
While speaking on stage, Okoye greeted Meghan and told his fellow pupils: “She really is beautiful. I had to speak the truth there.”
Meghan beamed a smile as she praised Aker’s “incredible confidence”.
Speaking with The Sun, the 16-year-old who revealed that it was ‘the best day of his life so far’, he told the news outlet;
“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.
“Meghan found it funny and I’m sure Harry will as well. When she asked which brave young man wanted to do a talk I jumped at the chance.
“I leapt up there. I thought it would be proper protocol to give her a cuddle. It’s all a blur” he added.
In the letter, published by The Sun, Okoye wrote;
“Dear Harry and 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 is truly inspirational.”
Okoye also told the Sun that he was ‘thankfully single’ as he had ‘no idea’ how his girlfriend would have reacted to his encounter with the Duchess.
The teenager also said he hoped to meet Harry one day, and he wished the royal couple “good luck for the future” as they step back from senior royal duties.
Watch the video of the moment the boy hugged the Duchess below: