Meghan Markle : ‘I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife’ – Nigerian teen who hugged Meghan Markle writes letter to Prince Harry (photos)

A Nigerian teenager, Aker Okoye who made headlines after he hugged Meghan Markle during her surprise visit to his east London school, has written a letter to Prince Harry to apologize for “cuddling” his wife.

The Dutchess Meghan Markle visited the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham on Friday to mark International Women’s Day, in what was her final solo engagement as a working member of the Royal Family, but it was the star-struck Aker Okoye who stole the spotlight when he leaned in to give the Duchess Meghan Markle a hug – much to the amusement of his classmates.

Okoye who is the head boy of his school, received a rapturous applause when he bounded on stage to embrace the Duchess of Sussex after she asked if anyone wanted to give a speech.

Meghan Markle visit the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham

While speaking on stage, Okoye greeted Meghan and told his fellow pupils: “She really is beautiful. I had to speak the truth there.”

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

Meghan Markle and Aker Okoye on International Women’s Day

Speaking with The Sun, the 16-year-old who revealed that it was ‘the best day of his life so far’ told the news outlet: “I’ve written the letter to make sure Harry doesn’t have a problem with it and to say sorry really and that I hope he didn’t mind.

He also insisted Meghan found his overzealous approach ‘funny’.

“Meghan 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.

Aker Okoye says Meghan found his overzealous approach ‘funny’.

“I leapt up there. I thought it would be proper protocol to give her a cuddle. It’s all a blur.”

According to Okoye, he was “starstruck” by the opportunity “to speak in front of someone so famous and important.”

Meghan Markle and Aker Okoye

In the letter, published by The Sun, Okoye said;

‘Dear Harry and Meghan. Harry, hope you don’t mind me writing this letter,’ he wrote.

‘I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife. I was just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school.

‘It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational.’

Okoye also told the Sun that he was ‘thankfully single’ as he had ‘no idea’ how a girlfriend would have reacted to his encounter with the Duchess.

Also read, Meghan Markle releases unseen behind-the-scenes footage of her time as guest editor of British Vogue

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