Reading poetry in front of an audience can be pretty nerve-wracking — now imagine that the audience includes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
That's exactly what happened to a group of poetry students who were having their weekly Zoom meeting when the Duke and Duchess dropped in to surprise them. To say they were shocked is an understatement:
I mean, who wouldn't have this reaction?
Meghan and Harry's special appearance was organized in honor of Black History Month by arts education nonprofit Get Lit, which promotes literacy and empowers young people through poetry.
According to the organization's manager of public outreach Mason Granger, Meghan and Harry stopped by for 45 minutes, during which the students got the chance to ask questions, read poetry, and just chat with the couple — who impressively knew a lot about the students!
Meghan even took the time to share lines from some of her favorite poems!
"My favorite part of it all was Meghan echoing so many sentiments we’ve talked about in class, about this particular moment in time/history to be a young person and the ripple effect of a single voice," Mason wrote on Instagram.
He added, "The root of them deciding to come is because at some point in their lives, they were moved by a poem. And whoever wrote that poem at some point thought to themselves, 'Does this even matter? Is anyone even listening?' And they shared it anyway. Fast-forward ripple, ripple, ripple and these kids get a surprise 45-minute chat with the Prince Harry and Meghan. It was pretty surreal."
Nyarae also spoke out about the experience, writing, "It was life-changing to say the least."
And as Mason noted, "10/10 would recommend The Duke and Duchess of Sussex for your next Zoom poetry practice."