After returning from their first royal tour of southern Africa as a family of three last week, Prince Harry is resuming his regular royal schedule.
On Thursday, the Prince stepped out solo for World Mental Health Day and where visited Nottingham Academy. As he was heading out, Aleyna Genc, 14, presented Harry with a gift for his baby son Archie. But she also received an unimaginable present in return.
Aleyna, who has had several operations to remove a brain tumour, has received a private voicemail from Duchess Meghan. Prince Harry pulled her aside and let so he could play her a voicemail that Meghan had recorded especially for her!
The schoolgirl revealed Press Association she had been writing to the Duchess for around two years after she inspired the student during a UN speech on women in 2015.”
After listening to the voicemail she said: “Wow. Just wow! I’ve been lettering with Meghan for around two years now and she sent me a little voicemail, and I listened to that.”
“I just sent her a letter because she made a speech and that was the one that really inspired me: her UN women’s speech,” the student added. “I just wrote to her to say how much it inspired me, and we have been lettering ever since.”
Aleyna also gave Harry a soft toy dog to take home for Archie, inspired by the Pets As Therapy project which helps children in hospital cope with their stress.
She revealed: “He (Harry) said thank you and that he loved it. He said he would love it because he hasn’t been able to sleep because of Archie for the past few days.”
The girl currently is recovering from protein beam therapy, an advanced form of radiotherapy, following the removal of a brain tumour.
During his visit, Harry attended an EPIC Partners Nurture Session, meeting with both new students in a mentoring program, and kids he met with during his and Meghan’s 2017 visit to the Academy.
After that, he visited the Community Recording Studio, which teaches film and music skills to youth. There he met with a group creating a mental health-focused Hip Hopera, and was even treated to a quick performance.