After his speech, Harry surprised the crowd by telling them: "Alright, now I'm going to try to drag my wife on stage!"

By Simon Perry
March 06, 2019 07:39 AM
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Prince Harry helped inspire a group of young people to make positive steps toward social change on Wednesday — with a little help from an exciting guest: his wife!

Meghan Markle joined her husband as Harry appeared at the worldwide initiative called WE Day with thousands of students and teachers, who went wild for the duchess.

Wearing black Rag & Bone maternity jeans with a matching, bump-hugging top, the mom-to-be topped the look off with a navy blazer and styled her hair in loose waves.

The event marked the second time Harry has spoken at a WE Day event. When he first did so, five years ago, his then-girlfriend Cressida Bonas joined him and watched from the stands.

Addressing the 12,000 gathered, Harry said on Wednesday, “If we look at the world we’re living in, I know it can feel challenging sometimes — but your role is to shine the light.” “Every day you are inundated with an overexposure of advertising and mainstream media, social media and endless comparisons, distorting the truth, and trying to manipulate the power of positive thinking,” the prince continued. “But you don’t let them sway you.

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He said, “Because you don’t need to hide behind your device to share your voice. You confidently voice your opinions because you can embrace them proudly.”

Harry also referenced his wife, noting that Meghan “often reminds” him of “one of her favorite quotes by Martin Luther King Jr.”: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

After his speech, Harry surprised the crowd by telling them: “Alright, now I’m going to try to drag my wife on stage!”

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The kids erupted into screams as Harry brought his wife out from backstage. Meghan gave the crowd a wave as the cheers got louder.

Harry then said: “Guys, I am with you and we are with you — now get to work!”

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Lucy Brightman-Stokes, 12, and Sinead Hubbard, 14, were among students chosen to meet Harry and Meghan privately backstage afterwards.

“It was nerve-wracking, but really exciting. We have them a teddy bear for the baby and a card from our school and they said it was lovely,” Hubbard said.

Brightman-Stokes added: “Harry said he was happy it was a soft teddy, not a hard one, and said, ‘That will go in the crib’ “

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The students and teachers at the event at Wembley, North London, on Wednesday morning have all done something to make a difference in their local communities. They took part in a day of listening to educational speeches and watching show-stopping performances.

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Harry, 34, was speaking in his capacity as President of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, which champions, funds and connects young leaders who are leading “social purpose ventures around the world by giving them a platform” that both funds their work, and shares and amplifies their ideas, his office says.

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Other speakers included model and activist Naomi Campbell, former One Direction member Liam Payne, singer Nicole Scherzinger and model  Iskra Lawrence.

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The kids will also hear from WE co-founders Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger.

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