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Meghan Markle shares a behind-the-scene of her visit to a school to mark International Women’s Day

Meghan Markle has shared a behind-the-scenes video from her visit to a school in East London to mark International Women’s Day – and urged Sussex Royal Instagram followers to ‘uplift one another’.

The Duchess of Sussex, 38, made the surprise engagement at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham on Friday and urged schoolboys to ‘protect the women in your lives’.

The video showed Meghan, wearing black and tan shoes, black trousers, a white blouse and a cream blazer, being given a tour of the comprehensive school and interacting with pupils.

It was accompanied by the child-oriented gospel song This Little Light of Mine, the lyrics of which go: ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.’

Followers were treated to the sweet moment the duchess received a bouquet of flowers on arrival – and a standing ovation from pupils after delivering a speech in their assembly hall.

The caption of the Sussex Royal Instagram post read: ‘Happy International Women’s Day! Here, a glimpse of The Duchess’ visit to the Robert Clack School to hear from the students on what IWD means to them, and how we can all uplift one another.’

It also encouraged followers to ‘tag an inspiring woman in your life and tell us what IWD means to you’, and promised more behind the scenes moments ‘coming soon’.

Meghan posed with school children making the ‘Equality’ sign following a school assembly during a visit to Robert Clack School in Dagenham

One wrote: ‘Congrats Duchess! Your light shines so brightly! May it continue to do so for all it touches!’

In one of her last solo engagements as a working royal, Meghan – who also revealed that 10-month-old Archie is trying to walk – spoke with delighted pupils and met one of the women who fought a historic equal pay battle in the nearby Ford car plant.

In a speech addressing the school’s boys in particular, she urged them to ‘continue to value and appreciate the women in your lives and also set the example for some men who are not seeing it that same way’.

‘You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life, protect them,’ she said.

‘Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe and let’s all just rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday, but frankly feels like every day of the year.

‘Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe and let’s all just rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday, but frankly feels like every day of the year.’

The Duchess was greeted by pupils who offered her a bouquet of flowers when she arrived at the school

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