Meghan Markle, Prince Harry visit school in Harlem, bringing students to tears

The Sussexes offered lots of hugs to students at PS 123, a school that services shelters for students without permanent homes

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry paid a visit to a Harlem elementary school in New York on Friday.

During their appearance, the Duchess of Sussex read her children's book to a group of about two dozen children.

The duke and duchess offered lots of hugs to students at PS 123, a school that services shelters for students without permanent homes. A couple of the children were seen shedding tears when they met the pair.

A group of about 11 second graders had prime spots up front in the playground as Meghan read "The Bench," which she initially wrote as a Father's Day poem to Harry after the birth of their son Archie. In all, a group of of about two dozen schoolchildren in uniforms sat cross legged on green cushions while Meghan read the book, which is a multicultural tribute to fatherhood.

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The couple wore masks during their hourlong visit to the school. They also donated two garden boxes filled with vegetables to the school.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, fields questions from students after she read from her book "The Bench," with Prince Harry.

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, fields questions from students after she read from her book "The Bench," with Prince Harry. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Meghan wore a Merlot trouser outfit to the appearance, which is one of several the couple is making this week in New York City. Harry wore khakis and a casual Henley.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen on September 24, 2021 in New York City.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen on September 24, 2021 in New York City. (Gotham/GC Images)

The couple, who live in California after stepping aside from royal duties last year, are scheduled to appear on Saturday at a Global Citizen concert aimed at combatting a variety of issues, including climate change, global poverty and vaccine inequity.

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They made their first appearance in NYC on Thursday at the One World Trade Center Observatory for a scheduled 8 a.m. visit with New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.