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Meghan Markle Saw Herself in Young Girls She Visited in Nigeria

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle are still reflecting on their three-day trip to Nigeria earlier this month, which included conversations with young locals.

Harry, 39, and Meghan, 42, attended a mental health summit in the country’s capital Abuja on May 10, where they had the opportunity to speak to a group of Nigerian students.

“I saw myself in it. “I see the potential in all these young girls – and these little boys, for that matter,” Meghan said People in an interview published on Wednesday, May 15.

The couple were in Nigeria to promote their Archewell Foundation’s work in mental health and the Invictus Games. Harry is the founding patron of the games, which honor wounded military veterans. Nigeria participated in the event for the first time in 2023.

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Meghan spoke to the audience at Lightway Academy, a day school for students, and encouraged young women to fight for “respect, dignity and equality.”

“We believe in you. We believe in your future,” she emphasized. “We believe in your ability to continue to tell your stories and just be honest with each other. There is no need to suffer in silence. Just make sure “You take care of yourself, and that starts with your mental health by really talking about everything that comes your way.”

Meghan Markle recognized herself in the young girls she visited in Nigeria: “I see the potential”
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Harry also spoke to the crowd, emphasizing to students that “it’s okay to not be okay.”

Meghan discovered that she is of Nigerian descent in 2022 and shared People that it is a part of her that she can share with her own children. Locals even gave Meghan and Harry a set of books about Nigerian heritage to take home.

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“It’s very special as a mother to know that you can do something,” she said.

Harry and Meghan are parents to son Archie, 5, and daughter Lilibet, 2, who share Meghan’s African heritage.

The couple traveled to Nigeria at the invitation of the country’s Chief of Defense Staff, Nigeria’s most senior military official. In addition to their stay at Lightway Academy, the two met with the Chief of Defense Staff and visited injured military personnel at a local military hospital.

Harry and Meghan told People that they look forward to more travel opportunities in the future.

“There’s only so much you can do from home and over Zoom, so we’re looking forward to traveling more because work matters,” Harry said. “Whether it’s the Archewell Foundation, Invictus or any of our other causes, there will always be reasons to meet the people who are at the heart of our work.”

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