‘Hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife’: schoolboy writes to Harry

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A teenage school boy who hugged the Duchess of Sussex has written to the Duke after “cuddling” his wife.

Aker Okoye, 16, said he was “just so overwhelmed and shocked” to meet Meghan when she came to his school on Friday.

Addressing Harry, he said: “I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife,” adding: “It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well.”

In the letter, published in The Sun, the teenager also said he hoped to meet Harry one day, and wished the royal couple “good luck for the future” as they step back from senior royal duties.

The Head Boy jumped at the chance to meet the Duchess who visited the Dagenham school to mark International Women’s Day.

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The Duchess of Sussex is greeted by pupils at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham (Ben Stansall/PA)

With a smile, Meghan praised Aker’s “incredible confidence”.

The 16-year-old said he was “starstruck” by the opportunity “to speak in front of someone so famous and important.”

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The Duchess of Sussex (left) smiles as head boy Aker Okoye, speaks in a school assembly, during her surprise visit to the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham, Essex, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“Meghan didn’t – she 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.”

The royal couple are due to take part in their last scheduled engagement on Monday when they attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey alongside other senior members of the royal family.

They will begin their new life as financially independent royals on March 31.

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