The Duke and Duchess of Sussex toured prominent landmarks during their first day in New York and staged a low – key school visit on their second.
New York – New York schoolchildren have welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to their playground on the second day of the couple’s Big Apple tour.
Meghan and Harry may have stepped down as working royals but they acted the part when they met youngsters from the Harlem school.
To promote literacy, the duchess read to the pupils from her first children’s book, The Bench, inspired by the relationship between her husband and son Archie.
Harry sat on the ground amongst the children under a marquee to listen to his wife read and watched as she held up the pages.
The Sussexes wore masks and smart casual clothes for the low – key visit which contrasted with their trip on Thursday to the One World Trade Center, built on the site of the twin towers destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
When they first arrived at the Mahalia Hackson School, the royals were welcomed by two pupils, senior school staff and Meisha Porter, chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.
After being led into the playground, the duchess hugged an adult, presumed to be a staff member, who had called out ‘good morning’ and was standing beside some children.