Schoolboy who hugged Meghan Markle tells Harry ‘sorry I cuddled your wife’

A schoolboy who cheekily hugged Meghan Markle when she came to speak to his classmates has apologised to Prince Harry.

Aker Okoye, 16, told Meghan she was "beautiful" when the Duchess of Sussex gave a talk at his school in Dagenham, east London on Friday.

Now, the fearless lad has written a letter to Prince Harry to say sorry for cuddling his wife.

The teen went up on stage to talk about International Women's Day after Meghan was the surprise speaker at Robert Clack Upper School, where Aker is head boy.

Meghan asked a "brave young man" to come up on stage and talk about why International Women's Day – which was on Sunday – was important to him.

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After Aker came up, he went in for a hug and a kiss on the cheek with the former Suits actress.

Pushing his luck, the schoolboy then turned to the audience and said: "She really is beautiful, innit."

Seeing the funny side, Meghan burst out laughing before pretending to tell Aker off as she wagged her finger and crossed her arms.

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Speaking to The Sun, Aker said: "It was the best day of my life so far."

He also hoped that Harry wouldn't take it too personally, writing in a note to the outgoing royals: "Harry, I hope you didn't mind me cuddling your wife.

"I was just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school."

He went on: "It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational."

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Aker then posted to letter to Buckingham Palace, where the couple will keep their office until April 1 when they quit their royal duties.

The pair are in the UK for the first time since their shock announcement in January that they were retiring from the Royal family.

At Friday's event – her final solo engagement as a royal – Meghan urged her audience to "speak up for what is right".

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The 38-year-old said: "No matter how small you might feel, no matter what colour you are, no matter what gender you are, you have a voice and you certainly have the right to speak up for what is right."

She got a standing ovation from the young crowd, a day before getting a second on Saturday night when she and Harry attended a charity music event in London.

Meghan and Harry are expected to spend much of their time post-royals in Canada with baby Archie.

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