Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were swamped by a group of children today as they visited a school in New York City.

The Duchess and Duke of Sussex met pupils at Jackson School in Harlem in Upper Manhattan.

To promote early literacy, Meghan read her children's book The Bench to a group of schoolchildren outdoors.

She said: "I wrote this when we just had our little boy, and I haven't read it to any other kids but you!"

Harry joined the children on the ground and sat among them while Meghan read the story.

A video shared on social media shows the couple being hugged by a group of children at the school.

The pair were surrounded by kids during a school visit (



According to reports, some young girls were so excited to speak to Meghan that they wiped away tears.

Harry and Meghan arrived in the Big Apple on Thursday, visiting a 9/11 memorial along with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and the state's governor, Kathy Hochul.

While in New York, they have booked to stay at The Carlyle, known as New York's “Tower of Power”, and have been spotted having a drink at the hotel’s bar.

The Carlyle was known to be a favourite of Harry's mum Princess Diana, who often stayed there when she was in the city.

Harry and Meghan were hugged by schoolchildren today (



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