‘I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife’ – Nigerian teen who hugged Meghan Markle writes letter to Prince Harry (photos)

A Nigerian teenager, Aker Okoye who recently made headlines when he hugged Meghan Markle during her surprise visit to his east London school, has decided to write Prince Harry an apology letter for “cuddling” his wife.

The Dutchess recently visited the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham on Friday to mark International Women’s Day, in what was her final solo engagement as a working member of the Royal Family, but Aker Okoye successfully stole the spotlight when he leaned in to give the Duchess a hug – much to the amusement of his classmates and everyone else who graced the occasion.


Okoye who happens to be the head boy of his school, received a resounding applause when he mounted the stage to embrace the Duchess of Sussex after she had asked if anyone wanted to give a speech.

Meghan had blushed when Okoye said “She really is beautiful. I had to speak the truth there” in reference to Meghan and in acknowledgement of her beauty while speaking on stage.

With a smile, Meghan praised Okoye as she remarked further saying he had “incredible confidence”.

Speaking with Daily Sun Newspaper, the 16-year-old who revealed that it was ‘the best day of his life’ said:

“I’ve written the letter to make sure Harry doesn’t have a problem with it and to say sorry really and that I hope he didn’t mind.

He also said he was happy Meghan found his overzealous approach ‘funny’ and was overwhelmed with excitement the moment she opened her arms for a hug.

“Meghan found it funny and I’m sure Harry will as well. My courage impressed her.

“And immediately I saw those arms wide open, I leapt up there. I thought it would be proper protocol to give her a cuddle. It’s all a blur.”

In the letter, published by The Sun, Okoye said;

‘Dear Harry and Meghan. Harry, hope you don’t mind me writing this letter,’ he wrote.

‘I hope you didn’t mind me cuddling your wife. I was just overwhelmed and shocked to see her arrive at my school.

‘It was a pleasure to hear her speech and to speak in front of her as well. She is truly inspirational.’

Okoye also told the Sun that he was ‘thankfully single’ as he had ‘no idea’ how a girlfriend would have reacted to his encounter with the Duchess.

The teenager also said he hoped to meet Harry one day, and wished the royal couple “good luck for the future” as they step back from senior royal duties.