Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle make surprise visit to American university

The couple flew over from Canada.

Prince Harry Meghan Markle surprise visit American university
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle made a surprise visit to an American university. The pair were developing their charity organisation.

  • Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle made a surprise visit Stanford University in California.
  • The Duke and Duchess were there to attend a “brainstorming session” as they work towards developing their charitable organisation.
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have made a special visit to Californian university Stanford.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living over in Canada’s Vancouver Island after stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family.

And earlier this week they made the trip across to Duchess Meghan’s home state of California to work towards developing their charitable organisation.

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The Duke and Duchess met with academics and professors as they all worked on the couple’s charity.

Speaking to HELLO! Magazine (opens in new tab), a source confirmed the royals’ trip to the Ivy League university, saying, “As part of their ongoing work to develop and build their new charitable organisation, they had a brainstorming session and meetings with academics and professors”.

The couple reportedly flew on a commercial flight over to California from their home in Canada, spending around seven hours with academics at the prestigious institution.

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They are said to have been greeted at the university by the school’s president, Marc Tesser-Lavigne.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan revealed that they would be working on a new charitable organisation last month when they announced their plans to step back from the Royal Family.

‘We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,’ they wrote in an Instagram post.

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‘This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.

‘We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties’.

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