"She really is beautiful, innit?" headboy, Aker Okoye quipped when Meghan Markle invited him up on stage to speak about what International Women's Day means to him.
The Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack School to celebrate the women of the future and highlight the importance men and boys play in doing so as well. On their Instagram page on International Women's Day on Sunday, Harry and Meghan shared the part of Aker's speech that didn't get as much traction as his initial comment though, calling it the most "compelling and true".
"What International Women's Day means to me," Aker said. "For me, it's a reminder that it is not only me that is a part of my life. It's not my life, it's not just me that's part of my own success. It reminds me that there's a countless amount of people that's in my life, lots of strong women, people that actually uplift me as a man."
He added that we shouldn't look at women as objects, we should recognise women for what they're worth. "International Women's Day is a reminder to everyone that women can do it all and do it all. This is more of a message to all you guys. Maybe this Sunday could be the one day we don't look at women as objects. I just want International Women's Day for all of us to be a reminder of how strong our community is with women inside."
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The Duchess of Sussex visited Robert Clack School, to celebrate the women of the future, and also highlight the important role men and boys play in International Women’s Day. The Duchess asked a young student to come on stage and share his perspective on the importance of the day, and whilst much attention has been focused on his initial comment, what he shared beyond that was compelling and true. Please watch the full video and tag a man in your life, and have him share what #IWD means to him
Aker reportedly apologised to Meghan and Harry after. "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," he said, according to The Sun.
"It was the best day of my life so far," he said of the experience.
('BEST DAY OF MY LIFE': Aker Okoye was overwhelmed meeting Meghan Markle. Photo: Getty Images)
Before Aker took the stage, Meghan gave an inspiring speech of her own, urging the men in the room to continue to protect the women in their life. "You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends in your life. Protect them. Make sure they are feeling valued, and safe. And let's all just rally together to make International Women's Day something that's not just on Sunday but frankly feels like every day of the year."