Harry and Meghan offer teenager advice on ‘overcoming challenges’ in surprise Zoom call

Meghan and Harry 'may always have divide with royals' says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex set up the Zoom call through volunteer organisation L.A. Works and the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, which works to ensure children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. Meghan and Harry discussed how to “overcome challenges” and “stay true to your values” with the youngster.

L.A. Works Executive Director Deborah Brutchey told US magazine People: “The conversation that they had was really about how do you overcome challenges in your life?

“And how do you stay true to your values?

“Things that are so relatable to young girls but also so public in what the Duke and Duchess have gone through.”

Ms Brutchey added that the teenager was “very excited” to speak to the Sussexes.

She said: “She had this moment of surprise and excitement when she got on the phone with the Duke and Duchess.

“She knew of them, she knew a lot – she had been following Meghan’s story quite a bit, so she was very excited that she had the opportunity to speak with them.”

Ms Brutchey said the teenager was “really moved” by Meghan and Harry’s “compassion, humility and wisdom.”

She added: “It was really significant for her because they saw her potential in a few short minutes, which actually really undid some damage that had been previously caused by a former teacher’s doubt.

“It was just amazing how they were able to connect and how their compassion, in just a short conversation, really made an impact and is going to forever inspire her.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex even sent the teenager sunflowers with a note after spotting she had them in her room during the call.

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Meghan and Harry called on people to “unleash a groundswell of real acts of compassion” to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.

Suggestions on their Archewell Foundation website included to “tutor a teenage girl who is navigating high school on her computer”.

The Sussexes are living in America after quitting royal duties last year – and today marks the anniversary of event dubbed ‘Megxit’.

The couple plunged the Royal Family into crisis with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, which aired earlier this month.

Royal author Penny Junor said: “When Harry and Meghan left a year ago people were surprised and disappointed because they were a great pair.

“Harry was a hugely popular royal and Meghan was a great asset to the family.

“A year on, I think a lot of people are really angry and think that they have betrayed their family and lobbed a huge bomb into the heart of the institution and sort of taken a swipe at the UK as well.”

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