Sunday 15 July 2018

Meghan Markle dishes out career advice to young girls: 'She told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (left) leave after a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours that she and Prince Harry are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Meghan Markle meets members of the public on a walkabout with Prince Harry during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Meghan Markle's handbag as she meets members of the public on a walkabout with Prince Harry during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours that she and Prince Harry are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet members of the public on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers as she arrives with the prince at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on March 8, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers as she arrives with the prince at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on March 8, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle (L) greet well-wishers as they arrive at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on March 8, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers as she arrives with the prince at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on March 8, 2018
Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greets well-wishers as she arrives with the prince at Millennium Point to attend an event hosted by social enterprise Stemettes to celebrate International Women's Day in Birmingham on March 8, 2018
Meghan Markle visits Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Millennium Point to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ian Vogler - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle talks to children as she arrives to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle talks to local school children during a walkabout with Britain's Prince Harry during a visit to Birmingham, Britain, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Meghan Markle, together with Britain's Prince Harry, arrives in Birmingham, Britain, March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Lisa Mitchell

Meghan Markle became the queen of hugs when she embraced young school girls as she celebrated International Women's Day with Prince Harry.

Meghan hugged the youngsters - including one who has dreams of being an actress - as she began an away day to Birmingham with her fiance.

The couple were cheered by crowds when they stepped from their chauffeur driven four-by-four at the city's Millennium Point - with Meghan looking chic in a coat by J Crew, trousers by Alexander Wang and an All Saints jumper.

Before going inside the venue, to celebrate the efforts of girls at secondary school who are following a technology and science career path, the prince and the Suits star went on a walkabout meeting the crowds who had braved wet and cold conditions.

Meghan Markle visits Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle visits Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

When they came to a group of school children, Harry began asking them about their hopes for the future and when 10-year-old Sophie Richards said she wanted to be an actress he took her over to meet Meghan.

The pupil from Oasis Academy in Worcester appeared excited to meet Meghan and she was hugged by Harry's bride-to-be.

The youngster said afterwards: "Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress.

"It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take part in an International Women's Day event at Millennium Point in Birmingham, to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) subjects

Ms Markle has been hugging well-wishers throughout her tour of the UK with Harry which has taken her to Edinburgh, Nottingham, Cardiff and Brixton in south London.

She also embraced Pippa Roberts, aged 10, from Mere Green Primary School in Sutton Coldfield after a request from the youngster who said: "I said, can I have a hug and she said yes - it was nice."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding

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